Clinical Gait Analysis

Sponsored by the WSSU School of Health Sciences and Wake Forest School of Medicine, motion analysis is performed in the Human Performance and Biodynamics Lab to measure movement patterns in people who have complex conditions involving muscles, joints, nerves or even bones.

Orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, biomedical engineers, physical therapy students and medical students are all involved in a collaborative effort to solve challenging problems that are often multidisciplinary in nature. To help families become informed and involved, the team of specialists thoroughly explains the process of motion analysis and its effect on treatment outcomes.

A typical analysis would include the following things

  • Clinical Examination - A physical therapist will examine the patient and test muscle strength and range of motion of the hips, knees and ankles
  • GaitRite Analysis - Patients will be asked to walk across a pressure-sensored carpet walkway while being videotaped
    3D Motion Analysis- Reflective markers will be placed on the patients' skin so that high speed cameras can follow the movement of the patient
  • EMG Recordings - Sensors will be placed on the patient to record the electrical activity for several muscles in each leg
    Quantitative motion analysis is useful in identifying the underlying causes for movement abnormalities in pathologic patient groups, such as in patients with cerebral palsy. The results of motion capture systems have been shown to be a useful adjunct tool in determining the best course of treatment.

For more information, call the HPB Lab at 336-716-0521, fax 336-716-0525 or email HPB Lab manager Chris Wendt at wendtcs@wssu.edu.

A collaboration between Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Winston-Salem State University School of Health Sciences