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Frequently-Asked Questions

What is a gait/motion analysis?

When a person has difficulty moving their body there are often complex reasons for their condition. A detailed analysis of their movement performed by a team of experts can help with making the best decisions for treatment.

Why choose Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Chicago?

The Motion Analysis Lab at Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Chicago has been active since 1989 treating individuals with movement disorders and performing research. Our laboratory is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology to assess movement, balance, strength, energy expenditure and operated by a team of trained experts with decades of combined experience. We see approximately 300 patients per year and are committed to the optimum care of our patients.

Who should be seen in the Motion Analysis Lab?

We see all types of people with a variety of conditions that effect movement including:

What is a wheelchair propulsion analysis?

Many manual wheelchair users develop pain in their upper extremities after long term use and this may be due to improper propulsion techniques or poor positioning in the chair. Our team can help diagnose problems and help improve your use of your wheelchair to minimize the likelihood of injury. This is done in a similar way to gait analysis by placing reflective markers on the skin that allow our camera system to track your motion and measure how your arms and body move. We also place special wheels on your chair that can measure the forces you use to push the chair to see if there is a more efficient way for you to propel.

Can an adult make an appointment?

Yes, in some cases. Please call for clarification. (773)385-5455

What should I expect during my visit?

The visit typically takes about 90 minutes and children will always be accompanied by a guardian during the testing. You will need to wear shorts that allow us to see your legs and waist. We will take video and pictures of you that are kept confidential and only shared with the physician. We will place reflective markers on your skin that allow our specialized camera system to measure how you move. We will also place sensors on your body that measure your muscle activity (electromyography). Additionally we will look at your foot prints by having you step on specialized force plates. A physical therapist will also perform a physical exam which includes tests to see how flexible and strong you are.

How long does it take?

Approximately 90 minutes.

Does anything hurt during testing?

No, nothing should hurt you during the testing. If something feels uncomfortable please let us know and we will address the issue.

What should I bring?

What happens after I’m seen?

Our team will review the information collected during your visit.  A summary report, including treatment recommendations, will be written and kept in your medical chart (if you are a Shriners’ patient) and/or sent to your referring physician.

Can I be tested in the Motion Analysis Laboratory if I am not a Shriners Hospitals patient?

Yes, the Motion Analysis Laboratory does accept referrals from outside clinicians.  Following your visit, a copy of the information will be sent to the referring clinician.  Please complete the referral form on the website’s home page and a staff member will contact you to to make an appointment.