Plagued by injuries or want to improve your running form? Get a gait analysis at Performance Therapies. To make an appointment, call 319-665-2630.
What is a Gait Analysis
To put it simply, a gait analysis is a way to evaluate your walking or running mechanics. Gait analysis involves taking video clips, using Bosch cameras, of a patient walking or running on a treadmill. Clips are taken from the front, rear, and side. The video clips are uploaded to Dartfish computer software which allows the therapist to manipulate to clips by slowing down the speed, freezing frames, or taking measurements to look for asymmetrical movements, abnormal movement patterns, and/or abnormal motions. The gait analysis provides information which can be used to diagnose, aid in intervention, and visual feedback for training.
What are the Benefits of Gait Analysis
Running velocity and kinematics are often quicker than the eye can see. Dartfish allows the therapist to take a clip, slow down the speed to freeze frames and take measurements of various lower extremity angles. The feedback is instant therefore if the therapist would provide an intervention, the videos can compare and contrast to determine if an intervention is effective. Also, the feedback can be beneficial for retraining and/or correcting form to prevent future injury.
Who can Benefit from Gait Analysis
Gait analysis can be beneficial for injured runners or walkers as part of a physical therapy evaluation or when a patient is ready to return to either walking or running. Healthy walkers and runners can also benefit from a gait analysis to provide information on a current injury, for injury prevention, and to improve performance.
Gait analysis is now offered at our Coralville Performance Therapies clinic. The initial session, which includes a movement screen and the gait analysis, is $90. Follow up sessions for gait training is $60.
Initial Gait Analysis Includes:
- Functional movement analysis
- Slow-motion, frame-by-frame video analysis
- Joint angle analysis
- Multi-angle (anterior, lateral, and posterior) gait analysis
- Individualized feedback on gait along with recommendations, exercises, and critiques to help improving running performance
Follow-Up Gait Analysis Includes:
- Re-assessment of functional movement
- Re-assessment of gait
- Gait training using cues and feedback
- Individualized gait specific exercises and drills