What is gait analysis?
Gait analysis is the systematic study of human movement to identifying the biomechanical abnormalities in the gait cycle, which is done with the tools of measuring body movements and body mechanics. Gait analysis is used to evaluate the way we walk or run and the foot pressure distribution with quantitative and statistical information.
Why is gait analysis important?
Abnormalities cause an unusual gait pattern. This false pattern may be caused by illness or injury. Improper gait pattern can lead to pain in the pelvis, spine, neck, legs, knees or ankles. Gate analysis, is a comprehensive assessment of how a person stands and walks.
Gait analysis can help with the following:
Identify the source of muscular, neurological, or skeletal problems
Discover the source of the patient’s pain when standing or walking
Diagnose the bone deformity or skeletal mismatch
Detect the muscle or nerve dysfunction
Monitor the progression of diseases such as osteoarthritis or muscular dystrophy
See an example of the analyzed information with PT-Gait Analyzer in the image below.
PT-Gait Analyzer is a tool to evaluate and select the best treatment for gait correction.