Karin Grävare Silbernagel, PT, PhD, ATC

Karin Grävare Silbernagel,
PT, PhD, ATC

Tendon Injury/Lower Leg Studies

Research Goal: To treat and rehabilitate individuals with chronic and acute tendon injuries to achieve the optimal response in the tendon, while improving patients’ impairments and symptoms. Currently, the majority of research involves patients with Achilles and Patellar tendon injuries.

Ongoing projects:
  • Evaluating continuous shear-wave elastography and ultrasound imaging as diagnostic markers for tendinopathy and tendon rupture.
  • Evaluating lower leg function and tendon structure after Achilles tendon rupture with a goal of developing rehabilitation protocols to address any residual deficits.
  • Evaluation of patellar and Achilles tendon structure and mechanical properties in collegiate athletes before and after the season, and evaluation of how these parameters relate to tendon (patella and Achilles) injury during the season.
  • Involved in community-based research evaluating calf muscle function in the elderly and how it relates to physical function, falls risk and societal participation.

To learn more about Dr. Silbernagel’s current research studies and projects, please contact:

Karin Gravare Silbernagel
302-831 4808
tendonresearch@udel.edu