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Motion analysis center

Motion analysis center

State-of-the-art technology to facilitate objective clinical decision-making

Human motion is complex. Clinical motion analysis is used to help understand complex neuromuscular, acquired or congenital disorders that affect movement.

The motion analysis center at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield is only one of a few centers in New England that focuses 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 movement patterns of children and adolescents.

Motion analysis testing allows clinicians the ability to evaluate problems at all joints simultaneously. This can assist in the planning of both surgical and non-surgical treatment, leading to improved quality of life.

A multidisciplinary team of specialists

Test results are carefully reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including an orthopaedic surgeon, physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, a biomechanical engineer, physical therapists and a computer technician.

State-of the-art technology

  • Specialized cameras capture the movements of markers attached to the feet, legs and trunk.
  • Sensors placed on the skin monitor how the muscles are working.
  • Platforms recessed into the floor measure forces acting on the body as the patient walks.
  • A specialized walkway under the feet records pressures under different parts of the foot during movement.
  • High definition video cameras record images of how the patient is moving.
  • Specialized equipment measures the energy cost of walking.

Refer a patient

To initiate a referral, please contact new patient access at 413-735-1234 or 800-322-5905. For questions regarding referrals, please contact our motion analysis center directly at 413-735-1267.

All services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.