The School of Health and Welfare's Department of Rehabilitation is one of few facilities in the world with a specific focus on Prosthetics and Orthotics research and development.


Nerrolyn Ramstrand

Within the prosthetics and orthotics research programme investigators are addressing questions related to the use of orthopaedic devices to improve the function and quality of life of people with physical impairments. 


Specific projects address how balance, posture and gait of people with physical disabilities can be improved by using orthopaedic device. There are also studies investigating how the education and training of prosthetist/orthotists can be improved to meet the needs of the community.


Researchers under the Prosthetics and Orthotics research programme have a number of collaborative projects. Projects are currently being undertaken with the School of Engineering at Jönköping University, Linköping University and Nottingham Trent University.


The research programme has a modern biomechanics research facility  which affords the possibility to evaluate all aspects of human movement. The facility contains equipment which allows for three dimensional analysis of human movement, detailed muscle activation and muscle strength testing, balance measurement and foot pressure measurement.


Researchers within the research programme are continually publishing research and contributing to the evidence base for prosthetics and orthotics practice. The goal is to continually increase the number of research publications and collaborative partners over the next five years and to establish themselves as a key research centre for prosthetics and orthotics.

On the educational side, a new master programme in assistive technology starting 2020 is being developed through the project MASTech.