Clinical Gait Analysis - An Impairment Focussed Interpretation Approach
Professor Richard Baker, Exclusive to the University of Salford
The Clinical Gait Analysis Course presents a systematic approach to the interpretation of data from instrumented three dimensional clinical gait analysis, to empower health professionals from a range of disciplines to use it to write rigorously documented reports.
The approach – Impairment Focussed Interpretation – has been developed by Professor Richard Baker over the last ten years and described in his recent book “Measuring Walking – a Manual of Clinical Gait Analysis”.
The course is designed for health professionals already working within clinical gait analysis services, particularly those who already have some role in data interpretation.
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Background on Clinical Gait Analysis
This gait analysis course is based on highly successful courses pioneered by Professor Baker while he worked in Melbourne, Australia. It has been delivered to groups from the UK, Denmark, South Africa, Russia and Thailand since moving to the University of Salford.
Most concepts will be introduced from basic principles. We will not spend very much time on those introductions and those not already familiar with this material may benefit from a little preparation.
Professor Baker’s book “Measuring Walking – a Manual of Clinical Gait Analysis” is primarily about the process of making gait analysis measurements but also includes a chapter outlining the approach to interpretation and reporting that will be taught. He has also prepared a series of videos about the biomechanics of walking that you can view on YouTube. He also writes a blog with many interesting articles about clinical gait analysis and the biomechanics of walking.
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Faculty teaching the Clinical Gait Analysis course
Richard Baker PhD CEng - Richard is the world’s only Professor of Clinical Gait Analysis. After completing a PhD in Biomechanics he has over 20 years’ experience running and managing clinical gait analysis services including 9 years at the internationally renowned Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne
Geraint Davies FRCS - Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust where he specialises in the management of children with Cerebral Palsy.
Rob Freeman MA, FRCS - Rob is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAHOH) in Oswestry, UK.
Caroline Stewart PhD - Caroline is Senior Bioengineer and Manager of the Orthotic and Locomotor Assessment Unit at RJAHOH) and Research Fellow at Keel University. She was Chair of the Clinical Movement Society (UK and Ireland) from 2004 to 2008 and has taught on the ESMAC Gait Course for over ten years.
Richard Jones PhD - Richard is Professor of Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Salford and has been responsible for founding its Clinical Gait Analysis Service.
Julie Reay BSc - Julie is Clinical Gait Analysis Service Manager at the University of Salford. She is a physiotherapist with considerable previous experience in paediatric physiotherapy.
Sarah Jarvis MSc - Sarah is a physiotherapist who has worked in the Orthotic and Locomotor Assessment Unit at Oswestry since 2004 with a special interest in foot and upper limb management.
What is clinical gait analysis, Basic measurements, Introduction to the traditional gait model
Principles of clinical examination, Small group workshops: Clinical examination
Small group workshops: Marker Placement,Clinical Video, Recognising artefacts
Why we walk the way we do- Kinematics
Why we walk the way we do- Kinetics, EMG (Lecture and demonstration)
Impairment focussed interpretation, Identifying features (Small Groups within Lecture)
Interpreting kinetic data, Guided Case Study
Group Based Case studies, The role of clinical gait analysis in relation to selective dorsal rhizotomy, Tour of gait labs
The role of critical gait analysis in relation to crouch gait, Group based case studies
Group based case studies
Understanding and modelling the deformed foot, Feedback, follow-up and discussion of cases
Evaluating outcomes, Closing Remarks
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By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Explain the biomechanics of walking
- Describe the measurement processes of conventional clinical gait analysis
- Recognise artefacts and errors in gait analysis data
- Explain how common impairments affect walking ability in conditions such as cerebral palsy
- Apply impairment-focused interpretation to analyse clinical gait analysis data.
The course will mix lectures with workshops and group based case-exercises. There will be a strong emphasis on encouraging students to put what they have learnt into practice, culminating in case presentations on the final day when they will be able to showcase what they have learnt. Places will be limited to 64 to ensure that small group work is in small groups!
Strong interest is anticipated in this popular gait analysis course, so early booking is advised.
Who should attend?
The course is designed for people working in instrumented clinical gait analysis services in the collection and interpretation of clinical gait analysis data. It will also be of considerable interest for clinicians who make use of clinical gait analysis and want a better understanding of what the data can tell them. It is anticipated that health professionals from a range of backgrounds will be interested including physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, neurologists, prosthetists, orthotists and biomechanists. Impairment focussed interpretation was developed as a technique for reporting on data from children with cerebral palsy. Case studies will be primarily of from this patient group. The course will include a discussion of how the techniques can be modified and extended for patients with different conditions. The focus of the course is on identifying the impairments that are causing the patient to walk the way they do. Discussions about clinical management will be left to informal conversations over breaks and lunch.