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Motion analysis provides a precise and comprehensive view of individual performance, quantitatively described in a written report. Motion capture data and video recordings are available for your review. Tracking your patient’s progress is easily accomplished by repeating the testing protocols and comparing to previous evaluation reports. The slightest change among a wide range of movement characteristic parameters can be immediately identified.
MRI, CT scan and X-ray are effective but at times can be inconclusive. Clinical motion analysis offers significant advantages – it's dynamic vs. static, providing functional insight that reduces uncertainty enabling better diagnosis, more effective treatment, improved recovery and most importantly - satisfied patients!
Motion analysis offers you detailed insight into various functional activities and tasks providing medically relevant information and recommendations that will assist in determining the likely effectiveness of treatment options.
Clinical Gait Analysis
Clinical gait analysis is a quantitative process to collect movement characteristic data to understand underlying causes of gait abnormalities and assist with developing treatment plans. Our process includes: specialized cameras to record and measure motion, electrodes placed on the surface of the skin to monitor muscle activity and special scales (force plates) that collect data on the forces and torques created by the patients walking contact with the ground. The results are interpreted by an experienced, interdisciplinary team with knowledge of normal and pathologic gait.
3-D motion capture technology has a long clinical history for use in pediatrics for pre-surgical planning in a variety of movement related disorders such as Cerebral Palsy and Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy (BPBP).
Upper Extremity Analysis
Focuses on comprehensively evaluating patients to differentiate among such problems as spasticity, impaired sensation, contractures (loss of joint motion), muscle tightness, poor motor control and abnormal muscle firing patterns in the upper limbs. In individuals with BPBP, accurate documentation of scapular (shoulder blade), shoulder, elbow, forearm and hand movements vs. compensation patterns is crucial when designing treatment strategies.
Clinical Images Courtesy of Vicon Motion Systems