The Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at Rush is dedicated primarily to the study of the motion and loading conditions of the human spine. Both cervical and lumbar spine are recurrent work topics as we develop new methodologies to link abnormal motion patterns and loads that are thought to be precursors for facet joints and intervertebral disc degeneration.
Our approach is based on a unique combination of novel musculoskeletal image data processing methods, human motion analysis and experimental biomechanics. The techniques and instrumentation developed in the laboratory have been applied successfully to both to research as well as implant testing studies.
Our expertise with the spine has also lead to studies in other joints such as the hip, knee and shoulder. Our collaborations with clinician researchers from Midwest Orthopedics at Rush have led us to develop experiments to assess joint instability and cartilage qualitative studies in vitro.
Dr Espinoza is also an active member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.