Pediatric Motion Analysis Services

Identifying Small, But Important, Movements

Through a partnership with Emory's Division of Physical Therapy, we provide motion analysis for young patients who need treatment for abnormal or difficult movement. Advanced computer and video technology helps our specialists identify and evaluate muscle activity and movement that can be difficult to see with the naked eye.

The information obtained from the motion analysis can help a patient's medical team form an appropriate treatment plan.

Conditions We Treat

Motion analysis can be used with patients who have a variety of conditions, including:

  • Brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Complex movement disorders
  • Spina bifida
  • Toe-walking

What to Expect

The motion analysis lab has advanced video, motion capture and other monitoring equipment. It is staffed by a care team that includes a physical therapist and other specially trained professionals.

We take video of the patient walking to evaluate the smoothness of his movement. The lab's care team will look at several things, including:

  • Range of motion
  • Strength
  • Level of spasticity
  • Motor control

With this technology, we can also illustrate a child's movement in a 3D model and monitor his muscle activity. This information is then reviewed by the care team and shared with the referring physician.

     
 
OurLocation

    Rehab locationsEmory University's Center for Rehabilitation Medicine (Next to Egleston hospital)
    1441 Clifton Road 
    Atlanta, GA 30322

    Parking

    Valet parking is available. It costs $5 and is available during motion analysis services hours.

    After pulling into the parking lot, pull in to the area under the overhang where a valet will greet you.

 
     

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will happen during my visit?

      Testing usually involves a few steps:

      1. Physical exam–A physical therapist will move your child's hips, knees and ankles to see how much they bend and straighten. The physical therapist will also measure how strong your child's leg muscles are.

      2. Videotaping–Your child will walk across the room while being videotaped.

      3. Motion capture–We will use a set of seven special cameras placed around the room to measure how your child's body moves when he walks. He will walk in front of the cameras several times while wearing small reflective balls on his feet, ankles, knees, hip and shoulders.

  • Will any part of the visit be painful?

      Because we use tape to attach the reflective balls to your child's legs, there may be some discomfort when we take them off. We will remove them very carefully.

  • How long will the visit take?

      Testing takes between two to three hours to complete. Your child will be given rest breaks if he needs them. A large part of that time is spent carefully placing the reflective balls on your child's skin.

  • What should my child wear to the lab?

      Girls
      It is best to wear a two-piece bathing suit underneath regular clothes. They may also wear a snug-fitting pair of shorts (like spandex bike shorts) and a T-shirt or tank top. Girls should also bring a hair tie to pull their hair back.

      Boys
      It is best to wear a snug-fitting pair of shorts (like spandex bike shorts).

      This type of clothing will allow us and the camera to see all of your child's bones and joints. Please do not bring any large, loose or baggy clothing to wear during the test.

  • What else should I bring?

      Please bring anything your child uses to walk. This includes any braces or assistive devices like walkers, canes or crutches.

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Next Steps

Ask your physician for a referral to our Motion Analysis Services. Contact Ben Rogozinski for more information.