University of Washington

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

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Current Research Studies: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is currently conducting the following studies on musculoskeletal conditions:


Assessment of genetic joint hypermobility syndrome:

Joint hypermobility is a common trait but can be associated with debilitating musculoskeletal problems such as chronic pain and fatigue in individuals with joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS) or hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS). To date, physical assessment of persons with joint hypermobility is severely lacking in the ability to classify and distinguish between these syndromes. Our study will identify distinguishing musculoskeletal and biomechanical features and provide an objective clinical assessment tool to improve diagnosis and management of persons with joint hypermobility. This pilot project is in collaboration with researchers in the Division of Medical Genetics.

For additional information on this study, please contact Dr. Kevin McQuade.

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Effects of whole body vibration on muscle activation and balance in older adults

The specific aim of this initial pilot investigation is to determine the specific acute neuromuscular and postural adaptations to whole body vibration (WBV) in a small group of older adults using electromyography (EMG) and a balance metrics. The long-term objective of this proposal is to develop foundational protocols and pilot data for a larger investigation of the effects of WBV as a potential therapeutic intervention for older adults to prevent loss of muscle and bone mass, and improve postural control and stability needed for fall prevention. This project is being developed with collaborators in the Department of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health.

Other investigations are beginning to evaluate Kinect based camera systems for potential marker-less quantitative functional movement assessments. This project is being developed with collaborators in the Department of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health

For additional information on this study, please contact Dr. Kevin McQuade.

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