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Volume 51 Number 8, 2014
   Pages 1243 — 1254

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Symmetrical kinematics does not imply symmetrical kinetics in people with transtibial amputation using cycling model

W. Lee Childers, PhD, CP; Géza F. Kogler, PhD, CO

Veterans with lower-limb loss who use a prosthetic limb move with different joint angles and joint forces in their sound and amputated limbs. Clinicians normally try to create symmetry in limb movement, assuming that joint forces will also become symmetrical. This study used cycling to define how differences in joint angles and joint forces were related. Our results imply that reducing differences in joint angles does not affect joint loading as assumed in clinical practice. We propose that clinicians should define an acceptable amount of asymmetry and use that information to improve rehabilitation.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.11.0241


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Childers WL, Kogler GF. Symmetrical kinematics does not imply symmetrical kinetics in people with transtibial amputation using cycling model. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(8):1243–54.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.11.0241
ResearcherID/ORCID: W. Lee Childers, PhD, CP: M-1781-2014; Géza F. Kogler, PhD, CO: M-1824-2014
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