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Motion Analysis and Recovery Laboratory

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Motion Analysis and Recovery Laboratory is the only lab in central Ohio to offer motion analysis for adults with walking difficulties. Our Motion Analysis and Recovery Lab, one of the few nationally to offer clinical evaluations as well as to conduct research, analyzes the way that human movement is coordinated in order to optimize rehabilitation for people with motion disorders.

Research produced by our lab enables rehabilitation clinicians to provide evidence-based care for a variety of patients, including individuals with movement difficulties related to cerebral palsy or partial paralysis due to stroke (see hemiparesis).

In addition, our clinical evaluations, available through this lab, enable clinicians to personalize treatment for individuals with movement disorders such as ALS, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, prosthetic needs, and others. To understand the repercussions behind a person's walking pattern, biomechanists, engineers, physicians and rehabilitation therapists employ advanced technology to record and analyze the body's motion. With the aide of reflectors adhered to pivotal body locations, this team of experts is able to capture and analyze the patient's movements and the forces he or she exerts during walking and simulated work activities. 

Research Projects

Quantified Neurorecovery/Embedded Arts

With the help of interactive arts sensors, our researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are working to integrate artistic endeavors within standard rehabilitation exercises. This study aims to evaluate whether patients can create their own visual images and audio composition from movement they perform in daily rehabilitation sessions. By allowing our patients to create artwork while performing rehabilitation exercises, we hope to be able to track the progress of their movement recovery with the data recorded from movement sensors, engage creative process and attention in ways that stimulate movement recovery, and provide a more motivating experience in the rehabilitation clinic. View Video demo
Investigator(s): Mysiw, Worthen-Chaudhari 

Toe Walking Study

Children (two-nine years old) with toe walking are being recruited for a Toe Walking Study. The study is examining the change (if any) in a child's walking ability following treatment with a device called the Ankle Dorsiflexion Dynasplint (AFD). Children with toe walking walk on the balls of their feet because their calves are contracted. Toe walking limits a child's daily activities and restricts their ability to move about and function. The AFD has been shown to help children with this condition by gradually stretching the Achilles tendon in the heel and the muscles of the leg to reduce the contracture. Interested participants should ask their physician or therapist to contact the Motion Analysis and  Recovery Lab for referrals and scheduling.
For more information or to find out if your child is eligible, call Rachel Botkin 614-366-6364 .
Investigator(s): Pease

INSTRIDE Stroke Study

Patients who have difficulty walking due to a stroke are needed for the INSTRIDE Stroke Study. Participants must have completed their prescribed rehab and PT. The trial will compare the WalkAide electrical nerve stimulator to a standard brace. WalkAide is a device that electrically stimulates the peroneal nerve and the muscles of the leg using Functional Electrical Stimulation to help lift the foot from the floor and improve walking by means of electrodes placed on the surface of the skin. WalkAide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The purpose of the study is to assess the safety and effectiveness of the WalkAide in improving mobility in stroke patients. Interested participants should ask their physician or therapist to contact the Motion Analysis and Recovery Lab for referrals and scheduling. Learn more
Investigator(s): Pease

Related Publications

Pease, WS, Bowyer BL. Human Walking. In DeLisa's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Principles  and Practice,  5th Ed. Frontera WR, DeLisa JA, Gans BM, Walsh NE, Robinson LR (eds). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 201

Sommerich CM, Lavender SA, Buford JA, Banks JJ, Korkmaz SV, Pease WS. Towards development of a nonhuman primate model of carpal tunnel syndrome: Performance of a voluntary, repetitive pinching task induces median mononeuropathy in Macaca fascicularis. J Orthop Res 2007; 25(6): 713-724.

Strakowski JA, Pease WS, Johnson EW: Phrenic nerve stimulation in the evaluation of ventilator-dependent individuals with C4- and C5-level spinal cord injury. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2007;86:153–157.

Yadev, V., Schmiedeler, J. P., McDowell, S., Worthen-Chaudhari, L (2010). Quantifying Age-Related Differences in Human Reaching while Interacting with a Rehabilitation Robotic Device, Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 7(4), 289-299.

Van der Loos H. F. M., L. Worthen-Chaudhari,  D. Schwandt, D. M. Bevly, S.A. Kautz (2009). A split-crank bicycle ergometer uses servomotors to provide programmable pedal forces for studies in human biomechanics. IEEE Trans Neural Sys & Rehab Eng. 4/2010, Epub ahead of print.

Brewer, Bambi, S.K. McDowell, L.C. Worthen-Chaudhari (2007). Post-Stroke Upper Extremity Rehabilitation: A Review of Robotic Systems and Clinical Results. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 14(6), 22-44.

Worthen L.C., C. M. Kim, S. A. Kautz, H. L. Lew, B. J. Kiratli, and G. S. Beaupre (2005) Key characteristics of walking correlate with bone mineral density in volunteers with post-stroke walking deficits. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 42(6), 761-768.

Johnson's Practical Electromyography, 4th Ed.  WS Pease, H Lew, EW Johnson (eds).  Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007

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