Scripps Health receives grant to study electronic knee

By City News Service

Researchers at Scripps Health’s Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education received a $660,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study an artificial electronic knee, it was announced Thursday.

The so-called “e-knee” contains a computer chip that measures forces inside the knee while the patient takes part in various activities such as walking, climbing stairs and exercising.

Researchers hope to use the data to understand how force affects the knee joint, in an effort to develop better knee implants and improve rehabilitation following surgery, according to Scripps Health.

The world’s first “e-knee” was implanted into a patient at the Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education in 2004.

The study is being conducted in collaboration with researchers at the University of Florida, Stanford University and University of Western Australia.