Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, PT is an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology and Director, Human Anatomy Laboratory. In his doctoral work, he was trained as both an anatomist and a biomechanist with a focus on 3D motion analysis. He holds a clinical master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) and a Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Georgia. His research focus is developing conservative biomechanical treatments for musculoskeletal joint disorders and disease.
Recent biomechanical projects focus on:
- improving conservative treatment options available to patients with knee osteoarthritis
- enhancing accuracy of limited weight bearing following lower limb fracture repair
- using portable and clinically appropriate tools to quantify knee torques
- developing a motion assessment that can discriminate between stable and unstable knees following joint replacement
Recent anatomy education projects focus on:
- developing activities in the pre-clerkship curriculum which enhance team-based learning
- improving teaching approaches to health science education that improve student performance and satisfaction
- facilitating students to identify anatomical variation and describing them in scientific literature
The work of Dr. Ferrigno occurs within the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Rush University, in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Directed by Dr. Markus Wimmer, this lab combines 3D motion of the human body with other biomechanical input to recreate the movement, loading and muscular contribution during a variety of tasks. The laboratory is equipped to quantify detailed movement of the feet, ankles, knees and hips during functional tasks including walking on level or ramped surfaces, ascending or descending stairs, and sitting into, or rising from, a chair. The laboratory is also outfitted to assess upper extremity and full body motion for dynamic activities such as pitching, though this is not the focus of Dr. Ferrigno’s research.
Some of the equipment used in Ferrigno’s research include:
- Twelve optoeletronic cameras and data collection software from Qualisys AB
- Five multicomponent forceplates from Bertec Corporation
- OpenGo wireless pressure-detecting shoe insole system from Moticon GmbH
- Emed high resolution pressure platform from Novel GmbH
- Pedar portable pressure insole system from Novel GmbH
- Visual3D Pro research software from C-Motion
- The MotionMonitor data collection & analysis software from Innovative Sports, Inc.
- A 16-channel wireless EMG from Noraxon USA
- System 4 Pro advanced dynamometer from Biodex Medical Systems
- Balance Trainer platform from Biodex Medical Systems
Other equipment in the laboratory include:
- 14 camera “markerless” motion capture system from Organic Motion Inc.
- Fifteen IMU wearable sensors from APDM Wearable Technologies
- Twenty opoelectronic camera system from OptiTrack
- BioMove point cluster processing software from Stanford BioMotion Lab
Motion Analysis Laboratory
- He J, Lippman K, Shakoor N, Ferrigno C, Wimmer MA. Unsupervised Gait Retraining Using a Wireless Pressure-Detecting Shoe Insole. Gait and Posture, May; 70: 408-413, 2019. PMID: 30986588
- Ferrigno C, Wimmer MA, Trombley RM, Lundberg HJ, Shakoor N, Thorp LE. A Reduction in the Knee Adduction Moment with Medial Thrust Gait is Associated with a Medial Shift in Center of Plantar Pressure. Medical Engineering and Physics, July; 38(7): 615-21, 2016. PMID: 27158051
- Ardestani M, Ferrigno C, Moazen M, Wimmer MA. From Normal to Fast Walking: Impact of Cadence and Stride Length on Lower Extremity Joint Moments. Gait and Posture, May 3, 46, 118-125, 2016. PMID: 27131188
- Ferrigno C, Stoller I, Thorp LE, Shakoor N, Wimmer MA. The Feasibility of Using Augmented Auditory Feedback from a Pressure Detecting Insole to Reduce the Knee Adduction Moment: a Proof of Concept Study. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Feb 1; 138(2), 2016. PMID: 26632644
Human Anatomy Laboratory
- Katrikh AZ, Savarese DP, Ferrigno C. A case of biceps brachii accessory humeral head associated with variant musculocutaneous and median nerve communications with clinical implications. European Journal of Anatomy, 23 (2): 137-140, 2019.
- Katrikh AZ, Maheia T, Ferrigno C. Variations of hepatic circulation in two human cadavers with clinical implications, International Journal of Anatomical Variation;11(3):109-110, Sep 2018.
Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, PT
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Rush University Medical Center
Armour Academic Facility
600 S Paulina St. Room 512G
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 563-2692