My main research interest is on equine and canine biomechanics. I have a strong interest in applied kinesiology (study of the mechanics of body movements) combined with animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
I am currently studying core strength and sway stability of healthy dogs and with musculoskeletal and neurological diseases, before and after treatment and physio-rehabilitation. Similarly, I am interested in studying the clinical efficacy of therapeutic exercise in horses and dogs. I am investigating the biomechanics of different dog breeds and I aim to understand how breeds standards may affect the kinetic and kinematics of canines and their sport performance. Finally, I am working in collaboration with SLU studying dog lameness to quantify and describe their mechanical adaptations objectively.
Dr. Clare Rusbridge
Prof. Gail Anderson
Dr. Aliah Shaheen
Prof. Adrian Hilton
BSc (Hons) – Anatomy and Animal Handling/Module Coordinator, Animal Biology,
BVSci - Animal Biomechanics, Locomotion and gait analysis, Musculoskeletal biology
Veterinary Microbiology MSc – Diseases of Animal Systems
Musculoskeletal theme coordinator
Head of the Veterinary Biomechanics Laboratory
Find me on campus
Vet School Main Building, Academic floor, Daphne Jackson Road, Manor Park.
Find me on campus Room: 01 VSM 02
Lameness detection can be challenging in dogs, as reflected in the reported low inter-rater agreement when visually assessing lameness. The aim of this study was to use an inertial sensor-based system to detect and quantify induced distal and proximal limb disturbances mimicking supporting and swinging limb lameness in dogs trotting on a treadmill by measuring vertical head and pelvic movement symmetry. Ten clinically sound dogs were equipped with inertial measurement units that were attached to the head, pelvis and right distal forelimb. Vertical head and pelvic movement symmetry were measured while dogs trotted on a treadmill, before and after the induction of moderate support or swinging fore- and hindlimb lameness. Four symmetry variables were calculated: the differences in displacement between the two lowest and between the two highest values of the head and pelvis per stride, respectively. These variables were defined as minimum head difference (HDmin), maximum head difference (HDmax), minimum pelvic difference (PDmin) and maximum pelvic difference (PDmax).
Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis has been suspected to have a dynamic component, especially regarding encroachment of the L7 nerve roots exiting the lumbosacral foramina. Angled cross-sectional imaging of the neuroforamina has been found improve the accuracy of the diagnosis of stenosis in humans. In this anatomic study, foraminal apertures were evaluated by MRI at the entry, middle, and exit zones of the nerve roots in 30 dogs that were clinically affected by lumbosacral disease. Standard vs. oblique planar orientation and neutral vs. hyperextended positioning of the lumbosacral area were compared by measuring the median values for entry, middle, and exit zones. The neuroforaminal area acquired using oblique plane acquisition was significantly smaller than standard parasagittal measurements. Furthermore, standard parasagittal neuroforaminal dimensions in the hyperextended position were significantly smaller than standard parasagittal measurements in the neutral position. This statistical difference was even more pronounced for neuroforaminal dimension evaluated in the oblique plane and hyperextended position. Positioning of the dog during imaging has a significant effect on neuroforaminal dimension, corroborating the notion that spinal position may influence neural claudication in clinically affected patients. Reductions in neuroforaminal dimension are more evident on oblique planar image acquisition, suggesting that this approach may be more useful than parasagittal imaging as a tool for identifying subtle changes in L7 neuroforaminal dimensions in cases of canine lumbosacral stenosis.
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