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Physical Therapy chair receives $240,000 to study knee pain

Christopher Powers, assistant professor and assistant chair of the Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, has received a three-year $240,000 research grant from the Whitaker Foundation to study patellofemoral dysfunction.

Powers, who is also director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory, is examining the causes of patellofemoral joint stress and the effects of surgical intervention.

Patellofemoral pain is one of the most common disorders of the knee with as many as one in four Americans reporting symptoms. The cause is believed to be elevated joint stress, but the hypothesis is unproven. Powers’ project will incorporate advanced imaging techniques, functional gait assessment and biomechanical modeling.

For more information or to participate as a volunteer, contact Powers at or at 442-1928.

Physical Therapy chair receives $240,000 to study knee pain

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