van Arkel, R. J., Modenese, L., Phillips, A. and Jeffers, J. R. (2013), Hip Abduction Can Prevent Posterior Edge Loading of Hip Replacements. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 31, 1172-1179. (2013)
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Edge loading causes clinical problems for hard-on-hard hip replacements, and edge loading wear scars are present on the majority of retrieved components. We asked the question: are the lines of action of hip joint muscles such that edge loading can occur in a well-designed, well-positioned acetabular cup? A musculoskeletal model, based on cadaveric lower limb geometry, was used to calculate for each muscle, in every position within the complete range of motion, whether its contraction would safely pull the femoral head into the cup or contribute to edge loading. The results show that all the muscles that insert into the distal femur, patella, or tibia could cause edge loading of a well-positioned cup when the hip is in deep flexion. Patients frequently use distally inserting muscles for movements requiring deep hip flexion, such as sit-to-stand. Importantly, the results, which are supported by in vivo data and clinical findings, also show that risk of edge loading is dramatically reduced by combining deep hip flexion with hip abduction. Patients, including those with sub-optimally positioned cups, may be able to reduce the prevalence of edge loading by rising from chairs or stooping with the hip abducted.

The aim of this project is to provide OpenSim users with a useful tool to obtain muscle lines of actions and potentially link their musculoskeletal models and simulations to their finite element models.

NOTE: This version of the plugin work with OpenSim 4.x but previous versions for OpenSim 3.x are still available in the Downloads > View Downloads > Previous Releases section

The source code of the plugin is available at https://github.com/modenaxe/MuscleForceDirection.

License: MuscleForceDirection plugin

The OpenSim plugin made available with this project extends the functionality of OpenSim and allows the user to extract the directionality of the muscle lines of action for a given kinematics. Also the muscle attachments can be exported if required by the user.
With this information it is generally possible to define loads representative of the muscle forces in finite element models of bone structures.


An OpenSim plugin is available for download and can extract the muscle force directions at the anatomical and effective muscle attachments (see related documentation for details).

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