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Matej Daniel, Aleš Iglič and Veronika Kralj-Iglič

Hip contact stress is considered to be an important biomechanical factor related to development of coxarthrosis. The effect of the lateral coverage of the acetabulum on the hip contact stress has been demonstrated in several studies of hip dysplasia, whereas the effect of the anterior anteversion remains unclear. Therefore, the joint hip contact stress during normal level walking and staircase walking, in normal and dysplastic hips, for small and large acetabular anteversion angle was computed. For small acetabular anteversion angle, the hip contact stress is slightly increased (less than 15%) in staircase walking when compared with normal walking. In hips with large angle of acetabular anteversion, walking downstairs significantly increases the maximal peak contact stress (70% in normal hips and 115% in dysplastic hips) whereas walking upstairs decreases the peak contact stress (4% in normal hips and 34% in dysplastic hips) in comparison to normal walking. Based on the presented results, we suggest that the acetabular anteversion should be considered in biomechanical evaluation of the hips, especially when the lateral coverage of the acetabulum is small.

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Hana Debevec, Douglas R. Pedersen, Aleš Iglic̆ and Matej Daniel

It was shown in several clinical studies that static one-legged stance may be a relevant body position to describe the loads acting at the hip. However, the stress distribution averaged during movement may better describe hip load than hip contact stress distribution in the static body position. Using data on the resultant hip force during walking taken from the measurements of Bergmann (2001), spatial distribution of contact stress over the articular surface was calculated by the HIPSTRESS method and compared with the stress distribution in one-legged stance. It is shown, that the shape of the contact stress distribution during one-legged stance closely resembled the averaged contact stress distribution during the walking cycle (Pearson’s correlation coefficient R 2 = .986; p < .001). This finding presents a link between the hypothesis that the averaged contact stress distribution during a walking cycle is crucial for cartilage development and the results of clinical studies in which the calculated distribution of contact stress in one-legged stance was successfully used to predict the clinical status of the hip.