Dr. Patrick Costigan, Ph.D. (Queen's)

Associate Professor
Area of Expertise: 
Biomechanics
Contact Information
Telephone: 
613-533-6000 x79037
Facsimile: 
613-533-2009
Office: 
KHS 305
Teaching

Research summary

State of the art 3D motion analysis equipment is used to investigate orthopedic problems such as osteoarthritis of the knee, the development and clinical evaluation of devices, and the effects of surgical and non-surgical interventions. The measurement of forces and movements in the lower limb leads us to understand how these loads influence the disease process and if interventions can be designed to alter the loads to influence the process. Recent studies have included the evaluation of a group exercise program on knee loads in OA, the effects of two different knee implant designs, and the changes in knee moments when using an 'OA unloader' brace. These studies are carried out using an Optotrack 3D motion tracking system and a pair of AMTI forces plates in a facility shared by physical educators, rehabilitation therapists, engineers and orthopedic surgeons.

Work in biomechanics is carried out by the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. These three units offer courses of interest to all students in biomechanics. As well, any given project may include investigators from any of these disciplines meaning often different points of view are advanced for consideration. It also means that along with theoretical work, such as the multivariate analysis of gait waveforms, practical problems from surgery or rehabilitation can be studied.

With the development of the School of Rehabilitation's Motor Control laboratory and the establishment of the Human Mobility Research Centre, this is a very exciting time to be involved with our Biomechanics program and you should contact me if you are interested.