Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Bachelor student paper on prevention of bone fractures for osteoporosis patients measuring bone loading.

April 26, 2018

Design of a Wearable Sensor System for the Estimation of Lower Limb Joint Loading

Osteoporosis and low bone mineral density (BMD) are critical issues among adults in the U.S. and physical activity is a known modifiable factor to prevent bone degeneration. For this reason, monitoring bone loading during physical activity is essential to understand its effects on bone formation and BMD. Current monitor systems are only available in laboratory settings and are costly and limit subject mobility. To address this need, a proof of concept wearable sensor system for the estimation of bone loading in the tibia was designed, prototyped, and tested.

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