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Biomechanics Lab

The MORE Foundation biomechanics lab is home to the most advanced robotic testing system for orthopedics

The OBRL(Orthopedic Biomechanics Research Lab) facility provides orthopaedic clinicians and industry collaborators, locally in the Phoenix metropolitan area and nationally, access to state-of-the-art resources and expertise for conducting biomechanical testing and laboratory based research. Research areas pursued by the highly trained scientists at the OBRL include, but are not limited to, shoulder, elbow, spine, hip and knee joints. Our primary objectives are studying the effect of various orthopaedic surgical procedures and implants such as fracture fixation plates and joint replacement devices on the musculoskeletal response and potential effects on the patient outcomes. Our translational research outcomes have immediate impact on the practice of orthopaedic surgery and patient care. The conduct of such applied biomechanical research helps improve implant design, surgical planning and patient outcomes. Our highly qualified biomechanics research staff cumulatively bring in close to 30 years of experience in the areas of orthopedic biomechanics, bio-robotics, mechanical engineering and anthropology.

We focus on testing various orthopedic devices and implants. The purpose of this biomechanics research is to improve medical hardware, surgical planning and patient outcomes by comparing different surgical approaches and reconstruction techniques. Recent studies have focused on the fixation of elbow fractures and clavicle fractures to determine the best ways to fix these common bone fractures, and the biomechanics of the shoulder to determine the ideal position and design of innovative shoulder replacements.

The MORE Foundation is a pioneer in the advanced robotic testing of joint systems. These robotic testing systems are built completely in-house by our highly skilled engineers, in partnership with physicians and anatomists. The systems use computer controlled motors to mimic muscles and move joints to simulate activities of daily living, such as eating or walking. This system allows our researchers to identify the limitations and advantages of different joint replacement devices and determine the ideal placement and construction of current and future devices. These results can then be directly translated into patients and tested in our motion analysis lab and clinical research programs to confirm the simulation results.

Lab Description

The Orthopedic Biomechanics Research Laboratory (OBRL) at the MORE Foundation is a 1300 ft2 facility which houses state-of-the-art, research grade equipment and robotic test platforms for studying the effect of various orthopedic interventions and implantable devices on musculoskeletal biomechanics and fracture fixation. The OBRL team is extremely passionate and dedicated to developing innovative and rigorous testing strategies for evaluating orthopedic devices that result in overall improved quality of life and the least risk of potential injury for patients. The OBRL research lab facilities are also utilized for educational cadaveric surgical training labs.

What's in our lab?

Radiography and audio-video equipment/services
Servo-hydraulic load frames
Machine shop equipment
Computer peripherals and software
Other research equipment
Robotic Upper Extremity Controller

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Biomechanics research funding has been provided by many of the top orthopedic manufacturers and service providers, including:
Stryker, Depuy-Mitek, Arthrex, Exactech, Smith & Nephew, Innovision.