Video and Computerized Gait Analysis and Gait Training
UW Health's pediatric rehabilitation specialists in Madison, Wisconsin, provide a multidisciplinary approach to your child's rehabilitation.
UW Health's Gait Analysis Laboratory, located in its Research Park Clinic, allows pediatric rehabilitation physicians to evaluate the walking patterns of children with cerebral palsy or other conditions that effect walking ability. Gait analysis helps determine the best therapeutic and surgical treatments for these children.
Children with gait deviations generally experience a decrease in safe, independent, functional mobility skills. In order to improve independent walking skills, a gait evaluation is often indicated.
The SimmiTwinner computerized video gait analysis system allows detailed analysis of a child’s gait pattern for deviations. It can be used to analyze the effectiveness of different types of orthotics, or to document progress after therapeutic or surgical interventions.
The Gait-Rite system further analyzes the dynamic features of gait, such as velocity, stride length, cadence, asymmetry, etc, for comparison with normative data and to document progress or change.
Gait Training Programs
Gait training consists of specific exercises and activities designed to improve the child’s ability to walk efficiently and safely in all environments. After a detailed gait evaluation to pin point specific gait deviations, an appropriate gait training program is initiated. Gait training is typically only a small part of the overall treatment program.
- Body weight supported gait training
Reduction of body weight during assisted walking can help to reduce spasticity, and allow for repetitive practice of a more normal gait pattern. This type of therapy requires specialized equipment including a suspension system and a treadmill.
- Gait re-training programs for toe walking
Children may walk on their toes for a variety of reasons. Specific exercise and stretching programs are available for those who need help learning to walk using a heel-toe pattern.
Treatments may include:
- Braces and splints
- Botox and phenol injections
- Tendon lengthening and transfers
- Bone realignment
- Selective dorsal rhizotomy
- Baclofen pump