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 Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Program

The Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Program uses advanced technology to support treatments for patients with injuries and diseases that cause coordination, movement and walking disorders. Our primary focus is helping you restore your physical functional abilities.

Our Patients

For many people affected by neurological and orthopaedic problems, the restoration of locomotion (walking or gait) is a major task. Patients evaluated by our Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Program include those with:

  • Cerebral palsy (a group of chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination)
  • Conversion reaction (a mental disorder that causes symptoms such as blindness, memory loss and paralysis that have no discernible physical cause but for which there is evidence of a psychological conflict)
  • Muscular dystrophy (disorders of muscle weakness)
  • Neuropathy (disease or injury affecting nerves or nerve cells)
  • Neurological damage from severe trauma and fractures (break in a bone)
  • Parkinson’s disease (a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Stroke (blocked or bleeding blood vessel in the brain)
  • Traumatic brain injury

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • The Human Motion and Analysis Recovery Program is the only vocational-based program in central Ohio.
  • Rehabilitation researchers and physicians at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center were the first in central Ohio, and one of only a few regionally, to incorporate the use of 3-D computer graphics to analyze the coordination of human movement to optimize treatment for patients.
  • Our motion analysis system allows us to participate in clinical research to test new treatments for walking problems.
  • Our team includes biomechanical experts who study the motion of the body and use this research to improve patient outcomes.
  • In addition to providing expertise for this program, our director is a contributing textbook author on the subject of walking mechanics. These textbooks are read by rehabilitation students and practitioners around the world.
  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

The Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Program offers rehabilitation services after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Motion Analysis System
Our program uses advanced 3-D technology to record, in real time, your body in motion. This is done using eight high-speed cameras that record the positions of reflective markers attached to key locations on your body. Your movements are then monitored and recorded simultaneously.

These images are used to diagnose and treat weaknesses or abnormalities. They can also detect any subtle movements that may be limiting your functionality. Based on your evaluation results, we prescribe a specific treatment plan for your functional recovery. Your specific treatment plan may include physical therapy, exercise programs, specialized bracing or orthotics.

Your Treatment Team

Your customized treatment plan is implemented by a team of specialists who may include:

  • Expert technicians (such as biomechanists, biomechanical engineers and/or computer scientists)
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians/physiatrists (specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries)
  • Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility)

Care Locations

For an appointment with the Human Motion Analysis Recovery Program, call 614-293-7604 or have your physician fax a referral to Gait Analysis at 614-293-3809. Your motion analysis will take place at Dodd Hall. 

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend additional rehab services that may include:

Additional Resources


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