Walking is complex. Children and adolescents with walking difficulties often have different ways of coordinating their movements and adapting to their walking limitations. Clinical motion analysis is used to help understand complex neuromuscular, acquired or congenital disorders that affect gait.
The motion analysis center at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the United States, and one of only two such centers in New England, focused exclusively on children and adolescents. At this state-of-the-art facility, patients’ movement patterns are carefully measured and analyzed with advanced technology and expertise. Using this technology, we can accurately measure and describe the walking patterns of children and adolescents, ages 5 to 18, with complex movement problems resulting from:
Motion analysis testing allows surgeons to evaluate problems at all joints simultaneously, which enables them to perform surgical correction of all problems in a single surgical session. This leads to improved quality of life for children whose lives would otherwise be disrupted every few years for surgical procedures.
Results of the testing are reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of experts, including an orthopaedic surgeon, biomechanical engineer, physical therapist and computer technician.
To initiate a referral, please contact new patient access at 413-735-1234 or 800-322-5905. For more information, contact Denise Gloekler, rehabilitation services and motion analysis center manager at 413-735-1356 or by email.
All services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.