Gait information for patients

Gait analysis and upper limb movement analysis

This  page provides information about your appointment with our gait service.

  • What to expect at your appointment

    Gait analysis

    Gait analysis is the measurement of how people move when walking. At a gait analysis appointment we record the movement pattern of your  legs using a video camera and motion capture system while they walk along a large (10 metre) room.

    The cameras will follow your leg movements by tracking small plastic balls that are placed onto their feet, legs, and around their waist using a small amount of sticky tape. We may also stick some small sensors on to your legs that record the electrical signals of your muscles. These tell us when your body is turning their muscles on and off. This data is then used to create a 3D computer model of your legs. We also measure how flexible your legs are by gently moving them and measuring the angles.

    Please see the patient information leaflets for further information.

    Gait analysis happens in two stages:

    • gathering information about your walking pattern
    • putting this information together in a report which will help your doctor or therapist make decisions about treatment.

    Upper limb movement analysis

    Upper limb movement analysis is the assessment of how people move their arms. At an upper limb movement analysis appointment we record the movement pattern of your arms using a video camera and motion capture system.

    We will record your movement while you sit and perform a range of tasks including reaching and touching a target, picking up a bottle and other functional or play based tasks. Small plastic balls are placed on the hand, arms and torso using a small amount of sticky tape. The cameras follow your arm movements by tracking the plastic balls.

    We may also stick some small sensors on to your your arms that record the electrical signals of their muscles. This tells us when your body is turning their muscles on and off. We also measure the range of movement of your arms by gently moving them and measuring the angles. This data is then used to create a 3D computer model of your arms.

    Upper limb movement analysis happens in two stages:

    • gathering information about your arm movement and function
    • putting this information together in a report which will help your doctor or therapist make decisions about treatment.
  • How do patients get referred?

    You can be referred to our service by their clinician such as a GP, paediatrician, neurologist or orthopaedic surgeon.

    A community physiotherapist or occupational therapist may also refer in consultation with the healthcare professionals listed above.

    We will send an appointment to you after we receive a referral.

  • Cancelling or changing your appointment

    Please ring 020 7188 2476 to change or cancel your appointment.

  • Before your appointment

    Gait analysis

    Your legs and torso need to be seen clearly by the cameras. The best clothing to wear is a t-shirt and loose shorts. You will need to have bare feet throughout parts of the appointment.

    If you use any walking aids or ankle foot orthosis (splints) to walk please bring these with you.

    Upper limb movement analysis

    You  arms and shoulders need to be seen clearly by the cameras. The best clothing to wear is a vest top.

    If you use any upper limb splints please bring these with you.

    You may also wish to bring a drink or snack with your due to the length of the appointment.

  • After your appointment

    We will not be able to give you the results on the same day as your appointment. Results are sent in a report within six weeks of your appointment.

    After your appointment, we analyse the data in the laboratory, write a report and review that report within a team of movement specialists (including clinical scientists, therapists and orthopaedic surgeons).

    Copies of the report get sent to your referrer, so that they can discuss it with you at your next appointment with them. We advise patients to contact their referrer if they do not know the date of their follow-up appointment.

    You may be seen at the gait laboratory again in the future but your doctor would need to make a new referral.

 

Contacts

Tel: 020 7188 2476

Email: onesmallstepgaitlab
@nhs.net