Simulating gait in patients with knee osteoarthritis

Pieter (Petrus Wilhelmus) Oomen

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This dissertation compared stress on the knee joints of healthy people and people with knee osteoarthritis. The breakdown of cartilage can make daily activities extremely painful. Based on the data we collected, it appears that the knee joints are under particular stress in overweight and obese people. Losing weight is therefore encouraged in this patient group. In healthy-weight patients, increased joint stress is only detectable when advanced computer models are used to simulate movement, taking into account the effect of muscles on the joints. However, further personalisation of these models seems to have little added value with respect to joint movement.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Rhijn, Lodewijk, Supervisor
  • Meijer, Kenneth, Co-Supervisor
  • Drost, Maarten, Co-Supervisor
Award date31 Jan 2019
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789463801744
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Pressure
  • Computer model
  • Gait

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