Biomechanical Basics of Orthopedic Technology


Publication Series of the Federal Academy of Orthopedic Technology (Bundesfachschule für Orthopädie-Technik)
Dortmund, Germany

Burkhard Drerup
Paul Brinckmann
Stefan Stankowski

Pages: 150



Biomechanics? No problem!

Is it permissible to pool the forces of all muscles effecting the extension of the back into one single muscle force? Is it permissible to replace the mechanical effect of pressure distribution in the socket of a prosthesis by the effect of a single resultant force? Can the internal energy production of the body when wearing prosthetic devices be quantified?

Answers to these and many other questions relating to biomechanical aspects of orthopedic technology are presented in this practical collection of exercises. To refresh and broaden your knowledge, the problems address mechanical topics such as force, power, pressure, stress, moment, center of mass, velocity and acceleration using examples from the field of orthopedic technology.

The mathematical background knowledge required is nominal. All problems are complemented by detailed instructions for solving in order to facilitate training while at the same time providing insight into the line of reasoning of biomechanics.