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Motion Analysis Lab

Motion Analysis at HSS

The Leon Root, MD Motion Analysis Laboratory is a 93' x 27' space with state-of-the-art design and measurement capabilities. We offer detailed analysis of a wide range of orthopedic, rheumatologic, and neurologic conditions, and our motion analysis laboratory can be rapidly reconfigured to fit the needs of each individual patient, from a young child with cerebral palsy to an athlete with sports specific concerns. 

What is Motion Analysis?

Motion analysis is a technique which allows clinicians to quantify human movement patterns. It combines an examination of an individual’s physical structure with measurements of their function during activity.

Our clinical testing typically quantifies an individual’s ability to walk. However, since changes in movement patterns are seen during other activities, such as throwing, running, and jumping, research projects are underway to examine these advanced skills. Current and past studies assessed motions during pitching, football throwing, golf club swinging, running, kicking, dart throwing, sit-to-stand, and stair climbing.

Individuals seek motion analysis when additional expert knowledge is needed to plan both non-surgical and surgical treatments. Motion analysis provides a quantitative perspective that may not otherwise be easily measured.

We recommend that you discuss with your healthcare provider to determine if the addition of a motion analysis test at the Leon Root, M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory would benefit your treatment plan. If you have questions, please have your healthcare provider contact us at 212.606.1215.

Gait Analysis and Functional Testing

The two most common types of testing performed are gait analysis and instrumented strength testing. A physical therapy evaluation is the first step of the testing process.

Based on the physician referral and physical therapy evaluation, patient-specific tests are performed. 

For Gait Analysis, these tests may include:

  • Electromyography (EMG) activity
  • Joint kinematics and kinetics
  • Plantar pressures
  • Temporal and distance gait parameters
  • Video analysis

For Functional Testing, these tests may include:

  • Isometric/isokinetic dynamometry

Contact Information

Hospital for Special Surgery
Dana Center
510 East 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021