Biomechanics and 

video gait analysis software

 

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What is video gait analysis?


Video gaot analysis is the use of specialist cameras and software looking at the science of motion (biomechanics) and assessing deviations from "normal motion".


The biomechanical assessment needs to be undertaken by recognised health professionals with a full knowledge of biomechanics. An example of professionals with this specialist knowledge are Orthotists and Podiatrists. As part of this assessment our Treatment Hub clinicians will also undertake a full medical history, static alignment including body position, muscle pwers and joint ranges of movement.


The slow motion cameras are linked to specialist software we use within our clinics (both Hamilton and Glasgow biomechanics clinics have this software). This allows us to analyse your walking  or running pattern in frame by frame detail to look for compensatory movements linked to a biomechanical issues to allow us to thenestablish the cause of your pain or discomfort. These biomechanical issues are not always easily seen at normal speed and as such, our software is an important part of our biomechanical assessment in our Hamilton and Glasgow biomechanical assessment.



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Aches, pains and niggles are often related to poor patterns of movement which arise due to muscle balance, tightness of muscles or skeletal alignemnt issues. These can often go unnoticed until  people try to increase activity such as running, or increased walking. People often attend our biomechanics clinic with an injury, which in reality has been a biomechanics issue which has present for a long time.

 

our video gait analysis allows us to film your movement from more than one angle at the same time, and slowing this down to a much slower speed. This allows us to assess these biomechanical issues which are often not seen at normal speed. Being able to view this from more than one position (or plane of movement to give it's proper term) is very important in assessing certain joints in your foot and ankle.


The reason for this is that some of these joints move through more than one plane of motion and therefore it is important to see this biomechanical movement from more than one position at the same time.

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