Noninvasive estimation of joint loads is still an open challenge in biomechanics. Although musculoskeletal modeling represents a solid resource, multiple improvements are still necessary to obtain accurate predictions of joint loads and to translate such potential into practical utility. The present study, focused on the hip joint, is aimed at reviewing the state-of-the-art literature on the estimation of hip joint reaction forces through musculoskeletal modeling. Our literature inspection, based on well-defined selection criteria, returned seventeen works, which were compared in terms of methods and results. Deviations between predicted and in vivo measured hip joint loads, taken from the OrthoLoad database, were assessed through quantitative deviation indices. Despite the numerous modeling and computational improvements made over the last two decades, predicted hip joint loads still deviate from their experimental counterparts and typically overestimate them. Several critical aspects have emerged that affect muscle force estimation, hence joint loads. Among them, the physical fidelity of the musculoskeletal model, with its parameters and geometry, plays a crucial role. Also, predicted joint loads are markedly affected by the selected muscle recruitment strategy, which reflects the underlying motor control policy. Practical guidelines for researchers interested in noninvasive estimation of hip joint loads are also provided.

On the estimation of hip joint loads through musculoskeletal modeling

Tomasi, Matilde
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Artoni, Alessio;Mattei, Lorenza;Di Puccio, Francesca
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2022-01-01

Abstract

Noninvasive estimation of joint loads is still an open challenge in biomechanics. Although musculoskeletal modeling represents a solid resource, multiple improvements are still necessary to obtain accurate predictions of joint loads and to translate such potential into practical utility. The present study, focused on the hip joint, is aimed at reviewing the state-of-the-art literature on the estimation of hip joint reaction forces through musculoskeletal modeling. Our literature inspection, based on well-defined selection criteria, returned seventeen works, which were compared in terms of methods and results. Deviations between predicted and in vivo measured hip joint loads, taken from the OrthoLoad database, were assessed through quantitative deviation indices. Despite the numerous modeling and computational improvements made over the last two decades, predicted hip joint loads still deviate from their experimental counterparts and typically overestimate them. Several critical aspects have emerged that affect muscle force estimation, hence joint loads. Among them, the physical fidelity of the musculoskeletal model, with its parameters and geometry, plays a crucial role. Also, predicted joint loads are markedly affected by the selected muscle recruitment strategy, which reflects the underlying motor control policy. Practical guidelines for researchers interested in noninvasive estimation of hip joint loads are also provided.
2022
Tomasi, Matilde; Artoni, Alessio; Mattei, Lorenza; Di Puccio, Francesca
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