The role of biomechanics in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation

Kornelia Kulig, Judith M. Burnfield

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Movement is fundamental to human well-being, function and participation in work and leisure activities. As a result, regaining optimal movement abilities and independence frequently become central foci of rehabilitation programs developed for individuals recovering from serious orthopedic and neurologic injuries. Further, preventing additional injury to the locomotor system becomes essential for effective long-term management of chronic medical conditions such as tendon dysfunction and diabetes. The primary aim of this perspective is to illustrate the role of biomechanics in orthopedics, musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation. Specifically, this paper discusses selected examples, ranging from the tissue to whole body biomechanics level, that highlight how scientific evidence from the theoretical and applied sciences have merged to address common and sometimes unique clinical problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalActa of Bioengineering and Biomechanics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomechanics
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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