The Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory was established in 1980 under the direction of Avinash Patwardhan, Ph.D. The initial goal of the laboratory was to serve as a research resource for residents and faculty to pursue research in the area of orthopaedic biomechanics.
The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory is nationally and internationally recognized facility for research and education in orthopaedic biomechanics. The laboratory occupies more than 1,000 sq. ft. of space in the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, with an additional 1,000 sq. ft of office space for the use of investigators. The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for conducting biomechanical investigations on bone and soft tissues. The staff experience in electromechanical instrumentation, designing test fixtures and working with cadaveric specimens is a valuable asset in designing and executing research projects in the laboratory. In addition to the facilities in the Biomechanical Laboratory, residents and faculty also have access to other support areas at the Hines rehabilitation Research and Development Center including an Electronics Laboratory, a Machine shop and a Motion Analysis Laboratory. A detailed description of the facilities available for research and the various steps involved in planning and executing an independent research study are outlined in a Research Handbook which was developed in the department last year.
Over the last several years research projects in the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory have focused on biomechanical evaluations of implants and instrumentation for degenerative joint disease and fractures, nonoperative treatment of fractures and deformities of the spine, and have made significant contributions to the understanding of the biomechanical behavior of normal, degenerative and injured joints of the human musculoskeletal system.