The process of walking combines complex interactions between muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and neurons in the body. Pain free motion can sometimes be taken for granted but can also be jeopardised and indeed lost as a consequence of inactivity, accident or illness. As the population ages, the loss of pain free motion is fast becoming a significant factor in the quality of life of individuals and therefore is of high medical and social importance.
Clinical gait analysis facilitates a fast and easily practicable method which integrates well with the daily clinical routine in:
Simple set up and short analysis times are key in clinical analysis and our software develops quantitative data pertaining to movement, and provides direct feedback to both therapist and patient. This gives it an important role in gait analysis.
Systematic gait analysis includes the structuring of information, observation of a strict pre-assigned procedure, and a plan for data interpretation. In examinations, the following factors must be taken into account:
- Kinematics– define the exact joint movement in space. The hip, knee, and ankle joints are often the focus of investigation in both the sagital and frontal plane.
- Kinetics– provide information about ground reaction forces, and forces which are translated through the body and joints. Moments about joints which occur as a result of body weight can often provide vital information.
- Dynamic Electromyography (EMG)– provides information about the activation and intensity of muscle contractions.
SIMI® manufactures high-end image-based Motion Capture and Analysis Systems.
Movement analysis systems and methods have a wide range of application. Not only can they be employed in fields such as medicine, sport and industry, but they can also be distinguished by their extensive capabilities and integration for daily use.
The requirements of the user with regards to the complexity and precision of the data being examined is displayed on the horizontal axis. The vertical axis represents what is required of the user i.e. the amount of training needed to operate the system, the time which would need to be invested in both the collection and analysis of data and the price of the systems.
In order to select the optimal system for your requirements, you should identify which factors are most important for your purpose, considering factors such as measurement precision, task complexity and how often the software would be used.
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