About the Lab
Declines in physical function associated with aging and bone and joint diseases, especially osteoarthritis (OA), greatly impair mobility and quality of life for millions of Canadians. Despite their pervasiveness, declines in mobility are amenable to prevention and rehabilitation – if we can better understand mechanisms and advance interventions appropriately.
This research program focuses on critical issues in knee and hip OA, seizing the opportunity to draw upon the thousands of individuals in Nova Scotia currently seeking treatment and often waiting for joint replacement surgery (average wait time 3-years). By studying human movement, we can investigate how bones and muscles work together to control functional movements, how age and OA impair control of these movements, and how rehabilitation interventions tailored to these impairments affect mobility and quality of life. Program outcomes will include improved fundamental knowledge underlying movement disorders and tailored rehabilitation strategies, while simultaneously providing parameters to help identify patients most likely to benefit from targeted rehabilitation programs or surgical intervention.
The Laboratory for Clinical Biomechanics and Rehabilitation hit the ground running in 2017 and thrives on expertise in musculoskeletal health, joint function and clinical orthopaedic research. We are eager to grow and welcome interested students to contact us to discuss future opportunities.