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Clinical Motion Analysis

Motion Analysis

HPB Quantitative motion analysis is useful in identifying the underlying causes for movement abnormalities in pathologic patient groups such as in patients with knee osteoarthritis or cerebral palsy. This analysis will be used to create dynamic computer models of how patients move.  From these models, the lab team will be able to measure complex movement patterns that are not easily detected through simple visual inspection.

Our Team Approach

In the Human Performance and Biodynamics Lab, orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, biomedical engineers, and medical students are all involved in the lab. This positions us to solve challenging problems that are often mutidisciplinary in nature. To help families become informed and involved, our team thoroughly explains the process of motion analysis and its effect on treament outcomes.

What to Expect

A typical visit will take approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours to complete. Patients will undergo a variety of testing in the lab which wilHPBl include:

What to Bring

Most patients that come in for motion analysis will wear a bathing suit or other tight fitting clothing which allows the therapists to record the patients' movements without baggy clothing obstructing the hips, knees, or ankles. Patients that walk with the help of an assistive device will bring this in so that video recordings can be made of the patient walking with and without the device.  Assistive devices include braces, crutches, walkers, etc.


If you have questions about clinical motion analysis in the Human Performance and Biodynamics Lab please contact Chris Wendt at 336-716-0521.