MSUToday
Published: July 29, 2020

New motion capture screening technology could slow progression of arthritis

Contact(s): Sarina Gleason Media Communications office: (517) 884-3755 sgleason@msu.edu

Most people don’t think about their thumbs very often. But for people living with advancing arthritis, the simplest thumb movements — from grasping a cup to sending a text message — can be painful and incredibly challenging.

That’s why Michigan State University researchers set out to see if they could use motion capture technology to screen for differences between healthy hand movements and those in patients with osteoarthritis, or OA. This method could potentially detect arthritis earlier, possibly delaying and preventing the loss of thumb function. In turn, that could save arthritis patients from surgery and even being forced into assisted living.

For the full story, visit the College of Osteopathic Medicine.