Understanding the Basics of Computational Models in Orthopaedics: A Nonnumeric Review for Surgeons

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Abstract

Computational models represent more than just finite element analysis, a term that many clinicians may know and globally apply. Over the past 30 years, many published studies have addressed clinically relevant orthopaedic questions with speed and precision by using a wide variety of computational approaches. Given such a wide spectrum of techniques, clinicians often do not have a full understanding of the methods used to create models and therefore do not appreciate the strengths, weaknesses, and potential pitfalls of published results. The short, nonnumeric summaries of the methodologies employed for various computational approaches presented here can help address this issue.

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