Biomechanical analysis of canine stifle motion using custom in vitro simulator
Rogers, Andrew Caleb
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Motion of the canine stifle joint is not as well understood as that of the human knee. This can be attributed to the limited amount of data available on the joint motion and the uncertainty associated with current in vitro gait cycle simulators. Current simulators typically require numerous assumptions and modifications to the canine specimen, which could adversely affect the motion at the stifle joint. The study herein utilizes a newly proposed simulator that replicates the in vivo positional data of the fifth metatarsal phalangeal of the canine paw to investigate motion of the stifle. Results showed similarities and differences to previously published in vitro and in vivo studies, as well as, provided a proof of concept for this specific type of simulator.