People with knee osteoarthritis are known to have different muscle coordination patterns from those who do not have the condition, which affects the muscles around their knees during normal walking. Researchers at the University of Salford want to understand if these muscle patterns are a result of abnormal body posture. They will study the muscle patterns of people with knee osteoarthritis, during normal walking and then understand how these muscle patterns change when people are asked to make slight changes to how they move their upper body.
The team are looking to recruit volunteers aged 40-75 in the following groups
Group 1 – People with knee osteoarthritis, who have not had any joint replacement surgery and do not have any major balance problems.
Group 2 – People who do not have any knee pain or significant musculoskeletal pain in other joints.
You will be required to attend one session for 1.5 – 2 hours. A member of the research team will place small reflective markers on different parts of your body which will help them to understand how you move. They will also put small electrodes over your knee muscles so that they can understand how these muscles work. The assessment is completely non-invasive and will allow them to understand how you co-ordinate your muscles during walking and also how your muscle patterns change with subtle changes in upper body movement.
This study will take place at the University of Salford.
You will be offered a £20 payment by way of a thank you for your time. In addition, the team can cover any associated travel expenses or provide a taxi.
Please see information sheets for further details about this opportunity.
Ethics approved references for this study are listed below