In 1892, J.L. Wolff believed that bone was a dynamic organ that responded to the biomechanical environment. Research has shown that mechanical stimulation can have a profound effect on the differentiation and development of mesenchymal tissues. It would appear that a 'window' of mechanical strain exists which may facilitate or discourage the accretion of bone. With respect to processes such as fracture healing and ingrowth of bone into porous coated prostheses, it may be possible to modulate the mechanical environment with the application of well-defined, exogenous loads in order to promote a more favourable outcome.
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