Journal of Nursing Science and Engineering
Online ISSN : 2432-6283
Print ISSN : 2188-4323
ISSN-L : 2188-4323
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Analysis of gait changes caused by fixing left knee joint focusing on balance and kinematics
Hirotake YamazoeIkuhisa MitsugamiTakuya OgawaYasushi Yagi
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2020 Volume 7 Pages 33-42

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In this paper, we analyze gait changes by simulating left knee disorders in participants. Healthy participants wear knee brace. We compared the normal and simulated disordered walking (while wearing the knee brace) to analyze what changes occur in their gait due to physical disorders. For analysis, we focus on two factors: balance and kinematics. In the balance analysis, we use margin of stability (MoS) for evaluating balance during walking. In the kinematics analysis, we calculate poses of the body parts and compare the poses between normal and disordered walking. Analysis results show that 1) the effects caused by wearing brace can be observed in the torso and waist, 2) the effects to the arms can be observed only when sudden changes in balance occur, and 3) the effects to the head are small.

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