The high-tech motion analysis conducted in the motion analysis center (MAC) is integral to the complex, comprehensive care provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.
Children with neurological disorders, limb differences and injuries that cause them to walk or use their arms differently, come to the MAC so their doctors can better understand their motion and muscle activity. The most common diagnoses treated in the MAC include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, clubfoot, limb differences and brachial plexus birth palsy.
The results provided by the center are used to optimize therapy, surgical plans and orthotic interventions. Tests conducted in the center also are used to evaluate surgical outcomes. For instance, after surgery on the legs, children return for a follow-up study that can be used to guide recommendations on therapy and bracing.
Children sometimes are analyzed in the center as part of a research study. The results of these studies are used to improve treatment.
Jon Davids, M.D., Medical Director and Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Anita Bagley, Ph.D., MPH, Co-Director and Biomechanical Engineer
The MAC uses a variety of measurement systems to analyze motion. The type of equipment used during each analysis session depends on the clinical question from the referring physician. Using high-speed cameras, reflective markers and computers, the motion analysis team can: