Knee Biomechanics and Materials

  • Malcolm H. Pope
  • Braden C. Fleming


“Biomechanics is the study of forces and the effects that these forces have on the human body” (LeVeau 1984). From the orthopaedist’s perspective, there is a normal equilibrium between mechanical stress on the musculoskeletal system and its response to that stress. Any disturbance to this balance will eventually result in remodeling, degeneration, or failure of a structure. Within the realm of total knee replacement, it is necessary to understand fully the biomechanics of the normal joint since the objective of total knee arthroplasty is to re-establish normal joint function.


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  • Malcolm H. Pope
  • Braden C. Fleming

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