Current Projects

Why do People with Chronic Low Back Pain Move Differently? The Influence of Biopsychosocial Variables on Movement Variability

Study Purpose: The purpose of this investigation is to determine the extent to which psychological factors (pain-related fear and pain catastrophizing), and measures of pain sensitivity (SPA, quantitative sensory testing), explain observed motor behavior during functional tasks in adults with chronic Low Back Pain. 


Does Structural Damage, Joint Mechanics, or Neuromuscular Variables Predict Early Osteoarthritic Changes Following Knee Trauma

Background: Knee trauma often leads to the development of knee osteoarthritis, which is a disease resulting in joint degeneration. The purpose of the study is to determine if damage to knee tissues and changes in joint motion predict early signs of knee osteoarthritis.

Eligibility: Individuals 18-50 years of age, who have sustained knee trauma within 4 months that led to damage of structures within the knee (e.g. meniscus, ligaments).

Contact: Interested participants should contact shawn.robbins [at] (Dr. Shawn Robbins) or phone: 514-487-1891 x194.


The Influence of Medial Pivot Knee Arthroplasty Implant Design on Joint Mechanics, Muscle Activation and Clinical Outcomes
Purpose of the Study and Background: Patients undergo total knee replacement (TKR) surgery to replace knee joints that have degenerated. During the operation, the surgeon places components of the implant (also called prosthesis) on the joint surfaces. The purpose of this study is to compare two types of Zimmer knee prostheses and determine which one performs better and allows patients to have a walking pattern closer to a healthy knee.
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