Measuring Walking: A Handbook of Clinical Gait Analysis / Edition 1

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This book is a practical guide to instrumented clinical gait analysis covering all aspects of routine service provision. It reinforces what is coming to be regarded as the conventional approach to clinical gait analysis. Data capture, processing and biomechanical interpretation are all described with an emphasis on ensuring high quality results. There are also chapters on how to set up and maintain clinical gait analysis services and laboratories.

The book aims to describe the theoretical basis of gait analysis in conceptual terms. It then builds on this to give practical advice on how to perform the full spectrum of tasks that comprise contemporary clinical gait analysis.

- Professionals from either a clinical or technical background working within clinical gait analysis services.
- The extensive sections on data capture and processing will also be invaluable for those using gait analysis for research purposes.
- Clinicians receiving gait analysis reports and particularly those who base clinical decisions upon gait analysis results (e.g. orthopaedic surgeons) will find it useful in understanding where the data comes from and how it can be interpreted.
- Physiotherapists

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Reviewer: Samuel J. Chmell, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book scientifically details "why people walk the way that they do," documenting the characteristics and causes of gait disturbance(s).
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to detail the capabilities of thorough gait analysis, the interpretation thereof, and how that information is useful in the treatment of patients. The author is an international expert on gait analysis, and this book meets this worthwhile objective.
Audience: The author intends this book for gait laboratory staff. However, while this makes sense, the book also is an excellent read for orthopedic surgeons involved in lower extremity joint replacement/reconstruction. After all, isn't the way people walk after joint replacement/reconstruction critical to outcome?
Features: This book helps readers in understanding, determining, and ultimately measuring why patients walk the way that they do, so that they can help them walk better. It delves into philosophical elements of the study of gait, but then, at the opposite end of the spectrum, it provides the scientific basis for recommended actions.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. Orthopedic surgeons as a whole, at least in the U.S., do not pay enough attention to gait/gait analysis. This book is a game changer. It is relevant to most lower extremity maladies. It is an essential addition to the academic orthopedic library.
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Meet the Author

Professor Richard Baker, PhD, CEng, CSci, is Professor of Clinical Gait analysis, University of Salford.  Richard has spent nearly twenty years delivering or managing clinical gait analysis services. For nine years he was Manager of the Hugh Williamson Gait Analysis Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. During this time he served as Founder Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Gait Analysis. He is the first Professor of Clinical Gait Analysis anywhere in the world and is currently developing a Joint European Masters Degree programme in clinical movement analysis with colleagues in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Table of Contents

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1. Introduction

2. Basic Measurements

3. The conventional gait model

4. Alternatives to the conventional gait model

5. Advanced processing techniques

6. Electromyography

7. Clinical video

8. Physical examination

9. General measures of walking quality

10. Relationships between different data types

11. Quality assurance

12. Interpretation and reporting

13. Accuracy and reliability

14. How to set up a gait analysis service

15. How to set up and maintain a gait analysis laboratory

Appendix 1: Limitations of the conventional subdivision of the gait cycle

Appendix 2: Other measures of repeatability


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