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Title: Biomechanics of assisted locomotion in elderly osteoarthritis patients
Author: Ntolopoulou, Maria
ISNI:       0000 0004 6347 2355
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2017
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Osteoarthritis is the most widespread musculoskeletal disease worldwide among the elderly. It causes joint pain that can affect locomotion and reduce mobility. For osteoarthritis patients, maintaining walking ability is considered the most beneficial way to preserve their quality of life. Walking sticks are widely used by elderly adults and have been shown to have a supportive role on locomotion. In this thesis I carried out four experiments: The first study investigated how footwear affects the locomotion of elderly patients suffering from this disease. In the second chapter the gait of elderly walking stick users was analysed in conjunction with their responses to a questionnaire with a view to understanding the causes and context of walking stick use in their everyday environments. My findings demonstrated that the majority of participants experienced greater pain after prolonged use of their walking stick. In the last two experiments I investigated how the use of a walking stick combined with aspects of the individual’s locomotor environment (e.g. indoor and outdoor, level and sloped surfaces) to influence gait. Overall, osteoarthritis, advanced age and challenging locomotor environments can influence their quality of life and the risk of falling.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QH301 Biology ; QP Physiology ; RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology