Linking basic research, clinical research and treatment practice

The movement analysis laboratory of the Orthopaedic Clinic, Friedrichsheim has existed since 2010. Medical Director and Managing Director is Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Andrea Meurer.

Research topics from the field of clinical movement analysis and simulation are the focus here. Patients with different orthopaedic and neuro-orthopaedic clinical pictures are examined and treated.

The tasks of the team in the movement analysis laboratory include clarification of pain and conspicuous gait patterns, optimisation of treatment and targeted planning of surgical interventions, objective progress monitoring of therapy concepts and surgical effects, as well as research in the field of clinical movement analysis. Preventive stress analyses and sports analyses to optimise movement sequences are also carried out.

Equipment Used

Vantage is Vicon’s flagship range of cameras. The sensors have resolutions of 5, 8 and 16 megapixels, with sample rates up to 2000Hz – this allows you to capture fast movements with very high accuracy. The cameras also have built-in temperature and bump sensors, as well as a clear display, to warn you if cameras have moved physically or due to thermal expansion. High-powered LEDs and sunlight filters mean that the Vantage is also the best choice for outdoor use and large volumes.

The Cometa Pico (EMG) sensors are small, light-weight and have on-board storage to allow measurements in the field. Easy to attach and easy to charge, the long battery life, the high signal-to-noise ratio and the wireless range are other features that make the aktos the best EMG system on the market today.

The Optima is the flagship among force plates. The patented calibration technology guarantees the highest possible accuracy across the entire surface of the plate – ideal for gait analysis, biomechanical research and other applications where the highest quality data is essential.

Investigation of various factors in the development of osteoarthritis

The clinic has its own research area for osteoarthritis, funded by the Dr. Rolf M. Schwiete Foundation, with the central task of understanding the processes involved in the development and progression of osteoarthritis at the molecular, cellular and biomechanical levels. On the one hand, this is intended to identify biomarkers that can be used to diagnose the disease at an earlier stage. On the other hand, the aim is to filter out the cell types that are responsible for arthrosis so that their development can be specifically blocked and thus arthrosis stopped or slowed down. Research at the cellular and molecular level is complemented by the movement analysis laboratory, which is equipped with state-of-the-art measuring technology. This makes it possible to determine joint moments and joint forces and to place these mechanical-functional parameters in the context of the development of arthrosis. Deciphering the interplay of these different factors is the central task of this new research area under the overall direction of Prof. Frank Zaucke.

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