The Gait Analysis Laboratory was founded in 2010 as a specially designed unit, based on state-of-the-art technology, with a highly specialized professional staff. The aim is to record and evaluate, in a multidimensional manner, the movement of the body, the muscular activity and forces that the human eye cannot distinguish. The data is collected and analyzed by specially configured computers. This data helps physicians and therapists to develop a rehabilitation program for individuals with problems with mobility, regardless of etiology and age.
The gait analyses are based on state-of-the-art technology and aims to provide a detailed description of body movement.
It is useful for individuals with mobility difficulties such as :
· Cerebral palsy and similar syndromes
· Injuries to the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves
· Evaluation of orthotics and medicine
According to international practice, gait analysis is a required measurement in view of surgical interventions. It also contributes to the formulation of rehabilitation protocols and the guidance of rehabilitation programs.
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Objectives of the examination:
· Differentiation of primary from compensatory gait abnormalities
· Creation of a therapeutic plan
· Orthopedic surgery preparation
· Medication evaluation
· Physiotherapy interventions
· Evaluation of the results of the therapeutic intervention
· Creation of progress report
· Creation of a database
A complete analysis consists of different tests that are performed during a single visit. Data collection includes:
· Video Recording: the gait is recorded at the frontal and sagittal? Level
· Measurement of the gait cycle parameters: speed, number of steps per minute, full step length, full step duration, etc.
· Kinematic analysis: study of the movements of the lower limbs, below the pelvis, during movement is quantified with special cameras. These record the position in space of reflectors placed on specific parts of the body.
· Kinetic analysis: that develop around the joints are studied
· Electromyography (EMG): surface electrodes are used to record the activity of specific muscle groups in the lower extremities.
· FootModel: Traditional gait analysis models depict the pelvis, thigh and tibia as separate sections. In these models, the foot is shown as a rigid object without taking into account its individual parts and the relative movement among them. This; results in a lack of information about the foot which could impact better recovery decisions. The development of the Oxford Foot Model was the solution to this problem which our laboratory acquired and uses since the beginning of 2013
The laboratory equipment includes:
- 10 MX Vicon Infrared camera
- 3 Video Vicon cameras
- 2 Bertec FootPlates
- 1 Noraxon EMG
- 1 Vicon central unit
- 1 Server Computer
The report includes the physician’s clinical assessment with the clinical examination, the presentation of all data with graphs and tables, the interpretation of all recorded gait models and a summary of the results.
Gait Analysis Laboratory Staff:
- Maria Seniorou, General Practitioner
- George Gogos, Physiotherapist
- Leonidas Sourtzopoulos, IT