Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Greenville’s Movement Analysis Laboratory has earned Full Accreditation by the Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation. The Upstate’s lab is among four labs in the nation to be accredited.
The Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation, incorporated in 1997, is a not-for-profit corporation comprised of four member societies: the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Physical Therapy Association and the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. The accreditation process evaluates all aspects of clinical motion analysis operation, including measurement validity, accuracy, precision, quality assurance programs, staffing, policies and procedures, and data management.
Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Greenville is one of 13 Shriners Hospitals for Children® with a movement analysis lab. The clinical mission of the Movement Analysis Laboratory of Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Greenville is to carefully observe and measure the way patients move; to understand how and why they move differently from children without movement problems; to recommend treatment plans; and to evaluate how well those recommendations improve their function.
Although just about any movements can be analyzed, most commonly, patients are referred to a movement analysis laboratory by a physician to assess and examine the patient’s walking or gait problems. This is done by placing small reflective balls and sensors over muscles and joints, then having the patient walk in front of special cameras. The clinical gait analysis requires an experienced, multidisciplinary team comprised typically of physicians, engineers, physical therapists and kinesiologists. Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Greenville’s Motion Analysis Lab is an essential element in the treatment of cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular diseases.
The Movement Analysis Lab at Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Greenville is the first Shriners Hospitals for Children® to earn this accreditation.