Here at TBL using gait analysis can be a key factor in how we decide to manage patients. We are lucky enough to be the only private practise in South Australia with a facility as advanced as ours. Over the past few months, we have been conducting research in our gait lab for our normative walk and run database. This database consists of 30 runners and 30 walker’s data that we have collected in our gait lab which we then collate and equate to a “normal” baseline. We can then compare this data to our other patients who are referred to our gait lab.
Normative data is data collected from a specified group of people that establishes a baseline measurement which another measurement can be compared to. To put this into perspective we can compare the data we collect from a patients’ 3D Walking Analysis to 30 other people’s data to gain a reference to any movement that may be outside the normal range of movement. This in turn helps to assist with our reporting procedures for our clinical gait services.
We asked people aged 18-50 to volunteer their time for a complimentary 3D Walking or Running Analysis. For the Runners they must not have had any previous orthopedic surgery and have not had any known running injury in the past 3 months. The appointment included an assessment, a muscle strength test, and a 3D running analysis with in-shoe loading. Each volunteer received a muscle strength report, videos of them running, and a running in-shoe loading report. For Walkers they must have not had any previous orthopedic surgery and have not had any known arthritis or foot pain in the last 3 months. The appointment included an assessment, a muscle strength test, a 3D walking analysis barefoot, and an in-shoe loading analysis wearing runners. Each volunteer received a muscle strength report, videos of them running, and a walking in-shoe loading report. Watch the video below to gain a full understanding of the 3D Gait Analysis Process.
3D Gait Analysis Process Explained
3D Gait analysis is state-of-the art technology that accurately describes how people walk, run or jump in three-dimensions. This is then often combined with force platform technology to give a complete description of an individuals biomechanics. The whole process is based on high-end science in the field of Biomechanics.
If this sounds like something you may be interested in helping us out with, please follow the link: https://www.tblresearch.com.au/register. We greatly appreciate everybody who has helped us so far.