bone shape in children with myelomeningocele

Ongoing research that I am working on at the Motion Analysis Lab at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is related to bony deformities in children with myelomeningocele. As these children develop, their bones grow in a mechanical environment atypical to normally developing bones due to varying levels paralysis and associated adaptive gait patterns. It is unclear exactly how, and to what extent, these different loading conditions influence the cross-sectional shape of their tibias as they develop, a factor important for reducing fracture risk. This research is being presented at various conferences with a publication in progress.

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