Our Motion Analysis Laboratory employs physiatrists, physical therapists, and biomedical engineers, who offer gait evaluation for children and adults with walking abnormalities. If you are interested in a gait evaluation, talk with a referring physician. During a session, the staff will evaluate in detail how you walk and define muscle strengthening or relaxation treatments to correct or alleviate gait problems. The staff may recommend bracing, assistive devices, nerve or motor point blocks, prosthetic modifications, or surgery.
We employ a high-tech multi-camera system to map motion three-dimensionally. It uses:
- Reflective markers that record movements of the lower limbs
- Force plates that allow one to estimate forces exerted on lower limb joints
- EMG electrodes that record the activity of up to 16 lower limb muscles
Additionally, a physical therapist performs a clinical evaluation and a video is made of each patient while walking. Gait evaluation may help define a treatment plan for the following diagnoses:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Multiple-Head Injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Musculoskeletal/Arthritic/Orthopedic Conditions
- Neuromuscular Disorders
- Peripheral Nerve Injury
- Post-Polio Syndrome
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Spina Bifida
What should you bring to your Gait Evaluation?
Your evaluation will take two to three hours. Wear casual clothes. Bring elastic waist shorts (Lycra or loose fitting), any braces or orthoses you wear, any assistive devices you may use, (walkers, etc.) and, for children, toys, snacks, and/or videos.
Patients should consult their insurer, HMO, or government agency about coverage for a clinical gait analysis before making their appointment.