Understanding how you move can mean a clearer path to independence. At Mary Free Bed’s Motion Analysis Laboratory, sometimes called the Gait Lab, our experienced experts use sophisticated technology to help your doctor understand your movement and treat your condition.
Established in 1994, our Motion Analysis Laboratory is Michigan’s leader in clinical computerized gait analysis.
Our team uses highly specialized tools to study the way you walk and move. High-speed cameras – like those used to create video games and animated characters – enable us to generate a 3D model of your movement pattern.
We also use other motion analysis technology, such as force platforms built into the floor, muscle electrodes and a foot pressure measurement system. We graph your movement and see how it compares to typical movement.
We can help you put your best foot forward.
We serve patients with a wide range of diagnoses that cause complex gait abnormalities, including but not limited to:
We have the most experienced team of clinical gait analysis experts in the state. Our professionals use an evidence-based approach to provide recommendations to your treatment team.
Our staff actively pursues research and education to better understand and treat human motion problems. Members are active in the Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine .
Team members also lecture current and future health care professionals and collaborate on research opportunities with physical therapy students and other rehabilitation practitioners.
Motion Analysis Laboratory
Grand Valley State University Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
301 Michigan St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Here are some of the questions we most frequently hear from patients interested in our Motion Analysis Laboratory:
Motion analysis gives your treatment team better information about how you move. The information can be used in:
A motion analysis study can take anywhere from three to five hours. The duration depends on several factors, including the type of assessments being performed.
No — and we try to make the time as enjoyable as possible. When you’re not walking, you can watch a movie, listen to music, check your phone, or simply chat with our friendly staff. We also have snacks!
Our team creates a detailed report of your motion analysis study and our recommendations. We’ll pass this information along to your doctor about four weeks after your analysis. Please let our staff know if your doctor needs the results sooner (for example, if a surgery is scheduled).
Your doctor will review the motion analysis report with you at your next visit. You and your doctor will decide how to use the information as part of your rehabilitation.
For more information, call us between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at 616.840.8050.