The Motion Analysis Center at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston turns 40 years old
The first Motion Analysis Center to open in Texas is celebrating its 40thanniversary this year. From tech scans that capture motion, to testing foot pressure and balance the Motion Analysis Center at Shriners Hospitals for Children—Houston uses state-of-the-art technology to help children walk as typical as possible since 1978.
As we celebrate 40 years of changing children’s lives one step at a time, we invite you to share the amazing results we have seen in many patients over the years.
Clinical motion analysis is used to help understand complex neuromuscular, acquired or congenital disorders that affect gait. Using this technology, we can accurately measure and describe the walking patterns of children and adolescents, ages 5 to 18, with complex movement problems resulting from:
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Orthopaedic, neurologic and genetic disorders
- Developmental variants such as leg length discrepancy or bony malalignment
- Club feet or flat feet
Motion analysis testing allows surgeons to evaluate problems at all joints simultaneously, which enables them to perform surgical correction of all problems in a single surgical session. This leads to improved quality of life for children whose lives would otherwise be disrupted every few years for surgical procedures.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston
Shriners Hospital for Children — Houston provides highly specialized orthopaedic, cleft lip and palate, sub-acute care and inpatient rehabilitation treatment for children from all over the United States, Latin America and northern Mexico, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. The hospital has more than 15,000 active patients annually who require long term medical care – many of whom visit the hospital continuously throughout their childhood.