Research in Prosthetics-Orthotics

As a student in the UT Southwestern Master of Prosthetics-Orthotics Program, you’ll conduct research under the direction of a faculty mentor. You can help with ongoing research by selecting an area of interest from topics offered by faculty. We encourage you to be creative and seek innovative solutions to clinical problems.

Our faculty have a wide range of research interests which include but are not limited to:

  • lower-limb prosthetic management/outcome measures
  • pediatric orthotics and prosthetics
  • lower extremity orthotic management for neurological disorders
  • spine orthoses for fractures
  • diabetes
  • orthoses for the upper extremity
  • biomechanical and functional evaluation of patients with hip pathology
  • idiopathic scoliosis and lower limb deficiency
  • foot and ankle biomechanics
  • assessment and treatment of movement disorders and disability due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and limb loss using custom computer-controlled motorized devices.

Equipment in the Prosthetic-Orthotic Research Lab

  • Delsys surface EMG system
  • 3D Guidance trakSTAR electromagnetic motion sensor system with 4 8-mm sensors
  • Sonosite M-turbo portable ultrasound device
  • F-scan and F-socket pressure mapping system by Tekscan
  • OptiTrack 3D optical motion analysis system by Natural Point
  • AMTI AccuSway dual-top force plate
  • National Instrument data acquisition cards
  • Motorized Ankle Device with servo motor and torque sensor
  • Nordic X7i incline trainer treadmill
  • Force/Torque load cells (Kistler/Honeywell/Transducer tech single axial load cell, AMTI mini40 6-axial force/torque sensor).
  • Europa smart pyramid