Grace O'Connell and graduate student Bo Yang review research

Mechanical engineering to aid back surgery

Lower back pain is not as common as the common cold, but it’s close, and treating it surgically comes with significant risk. Grace O’Connell, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is heading a project aimed at predicting which patients are most vulnerable to secondary fractures or disc degeneration following spinal fusion surgery.

Topics: Mechanical engineering, Health, Research