At the MossRehab Sheerr Gait and Motion Analysis Lab, our staff works to identify the causes of walking problems and make recommendations for specific treatment interventions. The laboratory provides computerized data for numerous body sources, including data on muscular activity, quantitative kinetic (analysis of forces), and kinematic data (movement analysis) during walking. These data may help elucidate the cause of dysfunction and help develop a treatment plan. MossRehab is the only rehabilitation facility in the Philadelphia region to have this specialized functional analysis laboratory.
The Sheerr Gait and Motion Analysis Lab is accredited by the Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation for offering "the highest level of clinical and technical competency in movement analysis."
All study findings are sent to the referring physician, along with data interpretation, and recommendations for treatment. The laboratory can also provide quantitative, functional data documenting a patient's outcome after treatment.
Tests conducted at the Sheerr Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory include:
- Gait profile, which measures spatial and temporal patterns of walking without patient instrumentation
- Slow-motion video, which provides frame-by-frame analysis of walking or performing other activities, also without instrumentation
- Force vector analysis, to measure force applied to joints while walking and standing
- Weight-bearing analysis to evaluate a patient’s ability to apply weight to legs while standing, walking, running or lifting
- EMG analysis evaluates up to 32 muscles during walking or motion
- Computerized, three-dimensional, quantitative measurements of: angular joint movement, including range, and direction; limb position; joint forces, movements and powers.
- Evaluation under diagnostic temporary blocks