The Leon Root, MD Motion Analysis Laboratory is a 93' x 27' space with state-of-the-art design and measurement capabilities. Our 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 that 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 research studies assessed motions during pitching, football throwing, golf club swinging, running, kicking, dart throwing, sit-to-stand, and stair climbing.
Physicians and healthcare professionals use motion analysis when additional expert knowledge is needed to plan both nonsurgical and surgical treatments. Motion analysis provides a quantitative perspective that may not otherwise be easily measured.
Your healthcare provider will determine if the addition of a motion analysis test at the Leon Root, M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory would benefit your treatment plan. If they have questions, please have them 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 in the testing process.
Based on the physician referral and physical therapy evaluation, patient-specific tests are performed.
Gait analysis tests may include:
- Electromyography (EMG) activity
- Joint kinematics and kinetics
- Plantar pressures
- Temporal and distance gait parameters
- Video analysis
Functional testing tests may include:
- Isometric/isokinetic dynamometry
- To be a leader in the study, analysis, and interpretation of movement in individuals with or without neuromusculoskeletal conditions
- To provide the highest quality of clinical movement analysis and biomechanical research to guide treatment and to investigate neuro-musculoskeletal conditions for enhanced mobility and quality of life for all
- To be the specialists in mobility assessment supporting the HSS mission, vision, and values to improve mobility and enhance the quality of life for all
Testing may only occur at the request of your physician. Your physician should contact us about the appropriate testing for your condition.
For a patient to be seen in the Leon Root, M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory, a medical prescription from your referring physician is required. This prescription must be presented at the time of your initial visit. Prescriptions should be dated within 30 days of testing.
Length of Motion Analysis Testing
Walking tests usually take a total of 2-3 hours. The first part is an assessment of your overall structure (joint range of motion, muscle strength, postural alignment, etc.). Assessments take about one hour. The second part is a computerized function test lasting an average of 1-2 hours. Muscle strength testing takes a total of an hour.
For walking tests, bring shorts and a sleeveless shirt or a sports bra to change into. We will inform you of any further attire requirements once your appointment is scheduled.
It is your responsibility to cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance.