Motion analysis is the study of human movement. Directed by Kenton R. Kaufman, Ph.D., the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Mayo Clinic offers state-of-the-art treatment planning for patients with movement difficulties, aids in documenting results of therapeutic procedures and conducts research on future clinical applications of human movement analysis.

Modern motion analysis techniques, such as those used in the Motion Analysis Laboratory, can evaluate all aspects of a patient's gait at one time, allowing simultaneous treatment of as many issues as possible.

A key benefit of motion analysis is improved clinical decision-making. Using objective data gathered in the Motion Analysis Laboratory, clinicians can determine the most appropriate surgery or other treatment to correct each person's gait issue or other movement disorder. Depending on the condition, several surgical and nonsurgical therapies may be considered.

Surgical treatments include a variety of procedures that involve lengthening various muscles, transferring tendons or correcting bony irregularities through the use of osteotomies. Nonsurgical recommendations include physical therapy, bracing or gait aids.