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Stride Analysis and Gait Variability
Availability
Please visit these websites for more information about the instrument:
Footswitch Stride Analysis: B and L Engineering Footswitch Link
Energy-Cost Measurements: Servomex Gas Analyzer Link
Classification
Exploratory: Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA)
Supplemental: Cerebral Palsy (CP), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and SCI-Pediatric (age 3 and over)
Short Description of Instrument
The most common techniques used to measure gait are footswitch stride analysis, dynamic EMG, energy-cost measurements, force plate, and instrumented motion analysis. The observational technique of gait analysis involves assessment of the motion pattern of each segment.
 
Footswitch Stride Analysis: Footswitch Stride Analysis is generally used to obtain temporal gait measurements. Two types of footswitch measurements exist: Compression closing switches and Force sensitive resistor switches.
 
Dynamic Electromyography: Dynamic EMG is used to localize the source of abnormal function so that selection of treatment is more precise.
 
Force Plates and Motion analysis: Force plates and motion analysis aid in determining the functional requirement and the muscular response necessary.
 
Energy Cost Mesasurements: Energy Cost Measurements and stride analysis are used to determine the effectiveness of a patient’s gait.
Comments/Special Instructions
N/A – data are analyzed, not scored.
 
SCI-Pediatric specific: Best used for intra-subject analysis, as normative data for pediatrics is unavailable.
Rationale/Justification
Walking is a complex function that requires in-depth analysis of various aspects to appropriately treat any abnormality.
References
Ebersbach G, Sojer M, Valldeoriola F, Wissel J, Müller J, Tolosa E, Poewe W. Comparative analysis of gait in Parkinson's disease, cerebellar ataxia and subcortical arteriosclerotic encephalopathy. Brain. 1999;122 (Pt 7):1349–1355.
 
Gronley JK & Perry J. Gait analysis techniques. Rancho Los Amigos Hospital gait laboratory. Phys Ther. 1984; 64(12):1831–1838.
 
Hausdorff JM. Gait variability: methods, modeling and meaning. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2005;2:19.
 
Hausdorff JM, Ladin Z, Wei JY. Footswitch system for measurement of the temporal parameters of gait. J Biomech.1995;28(3):347–351.
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