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Clinical Gait Analysis Service

The University of Salford’s Clinical Gait Analysis Service provides leading-edge support to health professionals treating a range of movement disorders. The service harnesses state-of-the-art biomechanical technology to gather detailed data on movement patterns during walking in patients with:

  • Cerebral Palsy (with specialism in analysis pre and post surgery, Botulinum Toxin Treatment, Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy and provision of orthoses)  
  • Amputees  
  • Metabolic disorders  
  • Orthopaedic disorders  
  • Stroke  
  • Other neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Bifida.  

The use of clinical gait analysis is increasingly used by clinicians to inform treatment decisions for a variety of movement-related conditions.

The service:

Our industry-leading team carry out a comprehensive gait analysis which involves physical examination, clinical video, instrumented gait analysis and a biomechanical report.

The team:

Mrs Julie Reay – Physiotherapist and Clinical Service Manager

Professor Rich Jones – Professor of Biomechanics and Technical Lead

The appointment:

The gait analysis appointment takes place in the gait laboratory and can take between 1.5 to 3 hours.

It involves the following stages:

Physical examination

Measurements of the lower limbs are documented to provide information about joint movements, muscle length, muscle strength and other specific functions of the legs.

Instrumented analysis and clinical video

Information is collected about the movements and forces occurring during walking. Small reflective markers (balls) are temporarily taped onto the legs and tracked by cameras during walking in the laboratory. The cameras communicate the information to a computer. Walking is also recorded digitally, simultaneously,  to produce clinical video.

Measuring of the lower limbs image

Analysis and reporting

We collate all the information collected during the gait analysis session, analyse and discuss the findings as a team. We prepare a detailed biomechanical report for the referring clinician using an impairment focussed approach detailing the impairments that we feel are having an effect on the patient’s  walking.

The report is sent to the referring clinician who can interpret the findings to inform decisions around management. Only preliminary results are available during the assessment and we have a policy of not disclosing any results to the patient which we assume are communicated by the referring clinician.

We are happy to discuss any aspect of the analysis with the referring clinician.

Benefits of our service

  • State-of-the-art facilities  
  • Short waiting list  
  • Detailed impairment focused biomechanical report  
  • Quick report generation  
  • Opportunity to discuss findings with referring clinician  
  • World-renowned research facility and potential research partner  
  • Strong track record of achievement, including a partnership with the Defence Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court, for armed forces amputees.  

How to refer

Please make referrals in writing stating the following:

  • Patient name  
  • NHS number  
  • Date of birth  
  • Brief description of reason for referral/previous medical history  
  • Referrer name  

Please post to:

Julie Reay
Clinical Gait Analysis Physiotherapist
Room PO27 Brian Blatchford Building
University of Salford
M6 6PU

Contact us


Telephone: 0161 295 2205