Effects of ligament pretension on the biomechanics of the knee: a finite element analysis

Checa-Esteban, S., New, A.M.R. and Taylor, M. (1970) Effects of ligament pretension on the biomechanics of the knee: a finite element analysis. In, 52nd Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, Chicago, USA, 19 - 22 Mar 2006. USA, Orthopaedic Research Society.


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A large number of finite element models have been developed to study the behaviour of the knee joint under different loading conditions. They have been used to study knee ligament function, knee prosthesis design and ligament reconstruction procedures. The terms pretension or prestrain of a knee ligament refer to the strain in the ligament when the joint is at full extension and little is known about its influence on the kinematics of the joint. In knee models, the ligament reference strains are usually merely estimated [1] and sometimes adapted by means of trial and error in order to get better agreement with experimental data [2]. As a consequence, very different values can be found in the literature. The purpose of this study was to analyze how ligament prestrains can affect the kinematics of the knee predicted with a FE model.

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Keywords: finite element modelling, knee biomechanics, ligament, total knee replacement
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
R Medicine > RD Surgery
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Bioengineering Sciences
ePrint ID: 48529
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 January 1970UNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:25
FARADAY: Development of Functional Assessment Tools to Evaluate the Pre-Clinical Performance of a Novel Knee Hemi-Arthroplasty Device
Funded by: EPSRC (GR/S76564/01)
5 April 2004 to 4 April 2006
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/48529

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