Gait analysis : clinical facts

Baker, R, Esquenazi, A, Benedetti, MG and Deloovere, K 2016, 'Gait analysis : clinical facts' , European journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicince, 52 (4) , pp. 560-574.

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Abstract

Gait analysis is a well-established tool for the quantitative assessment of gait disturbances providing functional diagnosis, assessment for treatment planning, and monitoring of disease progress. There is a large volume of literature on the research use of gait analysis, but evidence on its clinical routine use supports a favorable cost-benefit ratio in a limited number of conditions. Initially gait analysis was introduced to clinical practice to improve the management of children with cerebral palsy. However, there is good evidence to extend its use to patients with various upper motor neuron diseases, and to lower limb amputation. Thereby, the methodology for properly conducting and interpreting the exam is of paramount relevance. Appropriateness of gait analysis prescription and reliability of data obtained are required in the clinical environment. This paper provides an overview on guidelines for managing a clinical gait analysis service and on the principal clinical domains of its application: cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury and lower limb amputation.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: European journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicince
Publisher: Mnerva Medica
ISSN: 1973-9087
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Prof Richard Baker
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 13:13
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 03:23
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40956

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