CHARLIE A HICKS-LITTLE, PhD

CHARLIE A HICKS-LITTLE, PhD portrait
  • Associate Professor, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

Research

Research Summary

Dynamic pathomechanics of knee osteoarthritis (OA) during functional tasks • Kinematic and kinetics at the joints proximal and distal to the pathological knee joint • The influence of knee OA on various sensorimotor measures • Neuromuscular adaptations surrounding the knee OA joint during functional tasks • The effectiveness of new therapeutic modalities in the treatment of knee OA • The relationship between ACL laxity and reproductive hormone levels

Research Statement

My interest is in investigating the mechanical, sensorimotor and neuromuscular effects of osteoarthritis of the knee. Through this research my aim is to gain knowledge regarding the muscle activation patterns and joint mechanic compensations present in knee OA patients which will lead to more effective rehabilitation programs being designed that will incorporate specific exercises that will address the abnormalities found and help this population improve their functionality and overall quality of life. It is my aspiration to change therapeutic paradigms in the rehabilitation of this degenerative disease affecting such a large population worldwide.

Research Keywords

  • Osteoarthritis, Interest Level: 5
  • Knee, Interest Level: 4
  • Functional Mobility, Interest Level: 1
  • Biomechanics, Interest Level: 2
  • Aging, Interest Level: 3