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Motion Analysis at Shriners Childrens

Motion Analysis at Shriners Children's

Motion analysis can help us to understand the movement of children with neuromuscular-acquired or congenital disorders and develop an appropriate plan based on what we learn.
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Fran Farley:
When a child has a condition that changes typical development and makes moving difficult, advanced diagnostic techniques may be necessary to understand fully what's causing the movement problem. Motion analysis can help us to understand the movement of children with neuromuscular-acquired or congenital disorders and develop an appropriate plan based on what we learn.

Speaker 2:
Shriners Children's has the largest motion analysis system in the world and utilizes computer-generated imagery or CGI just like in the movies. This type of in-depth gait analysis allows for a better understanding of how children walk and move, use their braces or walking aids and how we can improve their walking ability. Our team of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, orthotists and prosthetists meet to discuss the results of the gait analysis and create a personalized treatment plan for the patient.

Speaker 2:
From there, the MAC team determines the best plan of care going forward for the child, including recommendations for surgery, physical therapy and/or braces. The MAC provides services for a wide range of patients with diagnoses that include but are not limited to cerebral palsy, arthrogryposis, clubfoot, muscular dystrophy and spina bifida.

Speaker 2:
We start by attaching small wireless EMG sensors and reflective markers to the skin the same way you would apply a sticker. Then, we ask our patients to walk normally. As the patient moves, the 18 Vicon infrared cameras track their movements while four force plates record ground reaction forces. This information is translated into a 3D computer model of the patient walking. Our motion capture camera system is able to detect the motions of all of the joints, activity of all of the muscles and overall efficiency of walking that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Fran Farley:
Once we analyze the information we collect, we'll partner with your child's Shriners care team to recommend a care plan, making changes that can reduce their pain or discomfort, and ultimately making it easier to do those things that are important to them. Through regular communication between our MAC locations, we share information, data and knowledge, which help all of the children we treat. A visit to the Shriners Children's Motion Analysis Center can help unravel the mystery and put your child on the path to reaching their goals and discovering their full potential.