Male trans-tibial amputee? Can you help Alex?

We’ve been contacted by Alex Breen who is currently undertaking a PhD with Bournemouth University, exploring the spine and lower limb kinematics of trans-tibial amputees.

He is looking to gain further information relating to his study and hopes to recruit potential volunteers to take part.

The purpose of Alex’s PhD is to investigate the relationship of the motion between each of the bones in the lower spine (lumbar inter-vertebral motion) and those within the residual limb; and subsequently the prosthetic socket itself.┬áThe study protocol has undergone National Research Ethics and received favourable opinion in November 2013 from the NRES Committee South West (reference 13/SW/0248).

This is potentially important research that could provide very helpful and useful information and lead to a better understanding of problems which may affect trans-tibial amputees.  Problems with sockets can be an ongoing and frequently painful issue for many amputees and research that could lead to improvements in this vital area is very welcome. We wish Alex well.

If you’d like to take part, please check out Alex’s inclusion and exclusion criteria and then, if you feel you could help, contact him direct. Contact details will be found on the poster (currently being displayed in Royal Bournemouth Hospitals Prosthetics department) below. He will be delighted to hear from you and to answer any questions you may have.


  • Males, age 25-60 yrs
  • Able to understand written information
  • Willing to participate and able to freely give informed consent
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 30
  • Below knee amputee
  • Mature amputation (>12 months since surgery)


  • Poor understanding of English rendering the participant unable to understand the information given
  • Subjects will be excluded if they have had spinal surgery, a fracture, a dislocation, or any structural defects of the spine
  • Having treatment for osteoporosis
  • Recent abdominal or pelvic surgery
  • Severe scoliosis
  • Any radiation in the past year or exposure in the past 2 years with a dose greater than 8mSv (defined as CT scan of Chest, Abdomen or Pelvis or interventional procedures under radiological control, i.e. angiography)
  • Current involvement as a participant in any other research study which requires ionising radiation, including any other current QF study

Please see the poster below for Alex’s contact details:

AB Poster 1

* Contact link: Email:

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