The research of Kenton R. Kaufman, Ph.D., and his team is focused on human locomotion. Dr. Kaufman's Motion Analysis Laboratory is working to better understand musculoskeletal conditions in order to develop interventions to optimize function and reduce pain for people with scoliosis, amputations, traumatic injuries, prosthetics and joint replacements.
Current research is aimed at:
- Improving the rehabilitation of Wounded Warriors
- Developing advanced prosthetics and orthotics
- Improving wheelchair mobility
- Designing and developing a pressure microsensor that will measure muscle force in vivo
- Developing methods for field-based monitoring of human movement
Significance to patient care
In addition to the patient care focus of Dr. Kaufman's research, time is also devoted to direct patient care. The aims of the clinical program are to understand the influence of altered neuromuscular function on movement, provide recommendations for clinical treatment and perform outcome evaluations.
Health professionals treating patients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders evaluate and treat the patient based on information gained from visual observation, physical examination, manual muscle testing, and testing that is often done in a stationary position (e.g., X-ray, CT, MRI). However, these tests do not tell how a person is functioning.
In contrast, Dr. Kaufman and his team objectively measure dynamic functional impairments. This quantitative information can then be used as a basis for recommendation of a therapeutic intervention.
- W. Hall Wendel, Jr., Musculoskeletal Research Professor, Mayo Clinic, 2007-present