Movement analysis for every body
While the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center at Village West is primarily geared towards training and rehabilitating athletes, the benefits of the Human Performance Lab extend to children with a variety of needs. Providers from the departments of Orthopedics, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Rehabilitation Medicine all use the lab to guide treatment recommendations for children in their care. These include treatments such as physical therapy and orthopedic surgery.
The Human Performance Lab is not a diagnostic tool, but rather an assessment tool that helps the provider come up with a treatment plan. Data from the lab gives providers insights they can’t get from just observing the patient walk.
“3D Motion Capture and EMG together give us a full picture of how the patient is walking and moving, including forces and alignment. We’re able to view the patient’s walking from different angles to help us understand the nature of how the individual moves.” --Julie Musick, MS, PT, Director-PT/OT, Physical and Occupational Therapy.
In the lab, technicians can measure a child while walking barefoot or with one or more assistive devices, such as braces or a walker. This is helpful for children ages five and older with conditions like neuromuscular disorders, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, prematurity, or abnormal gait conditions.