The Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah at Memorial University Medical Center offers a gait analysis laboratory for children who have trouble walking. The GaitRite Electronic Walkway System automatically measures different aspects of a child's gait. These measurements are fed into a computer that quickly provides objective data regarding rhythm, step length, speed, and other valuable information.
At the same time, a video camera records the child walking. Trained pediatric physical therapists view the information and the videotape to assess the child's walk and design a treatment plan. This program is useful for children with varying physical disabilities or sports injuries. It is also useful to have before and after surgeries or Botox or Baclofen trials.
The gait lab enables therapists to create specific treatment programs that promote a normal gait pattern that is efficient, pain-free, and functional for the child.