Understanding the biomechanics of periprosthetic fractures is especially important in today’s aging population. As the prevalence of osteoporosis continues to climb, fracture risk, especially in proximity of an orthopaedic implant, is of great concern. In a study designed to investigate the mechanism of such fractures, the authors have chosen to test human cadaveric specimens implanted with short Synthes Titanium Trochanteric Fixation Nails. However, the exact loading conditions that elicit fracture are not known.

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