Motion analysis is the study of human movement. Directed by principal investigator Kenton R. Kaufman, Ph.D., P.E., 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 multiple issues.

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, clinicians may consider several surgical and nonsurgical therapies. Surgical treatments include a variety of procedures to lengthen specific muscles, transfer tendons or correct bony irregularities through the use of osteotomies. Nonsurgical recommendations include physical therapy, bracing or gait aids.

Research focus areas

Our lab investigates a wide range of motion issues and limb-loss related concerns for patients of all ages, from infants to adults.

Research focus areas include fall prevention in combat veterans with lower extremity trauma, development of a national orthotic and prosthetic registry, risk of opioid abuse in patients with amputations, improving quality of life in patients with knee and hip arthroplasty, spinal deformities, optimizing functional outcomes for pediatric patients with scoliosis, and activity levels after brachial plexus reconstruction.

A new effort is the Limb Loss and Preservation Registry, the first national registry of its kind for people who have lost limbs. The registry, supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, promises to collect data to improve prevention, treatment and rehabilitation efforts related to limb loss.

About Dr. Kaufman

Dr. Kaufman is a professor of biomedical engineering in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His research interests include motion analysis, wearable sensors and neuromuscular disorders, with a goal of improving therapeutic interventions for patients.

Motion Analysis Lab Introduction at Mayo Clinic