The Effect of Needle Type on Size has on Tissue Damage Before and After Cyclical Loading

Currently, we are examining how different types of needles (the actual morphological shape of the needle) affect the tissues. The goal of biomechanical research is to understand, model and predict how well potential surgical solutions will perform prior to performing procedures on live patients. Using principles of mechanical engineering, we are able to study the strengths and weaknesses of individual components such as bones, ligaments and tendons. We have the capability to examine how groups of tissues and orthopedic reconstruction implants actually work together. As biomechanical researchers, we work toward improving not only our understanding of the body but also the design of devices needed to repair the body. In this case, we are attempting to identify which of the commercially available needle types is least injurious to the tissue that we place it through.

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