Rehabilitation, Physical Activity and Quality-of-Life Research

The Motion Analysis Lab is conducting research on five focus areas related to rehabilitation, physical activity and quality of life:

Development of custom algorithms to measure activity outside the laboratory setting

Accelerometry-based activity monitoring provides a method to objectively measure actual performance of physical activity in everyday life and over an extended period in a patient's home setting. This method offers quantifiable outcomes that may provide novel insights into the effects of interventions on physical functioning.

Quantifying daily living activity levels in patients with total hip arthroplasty

The Motion Analysis Lab is measuring activity and subjective survey outcomes before and after total hip replacement (total hip arthroplasty). Total hip arthroplasty is frequently used to treat severe osteoarthritis of the hip. The goal of the procedure is to improve quality of life by decreasing patient pain and improving physical function.

Dynamic stability and physical activity among people with spinal deformities

Dr. Kaufman's lab is working to define the relationship among static balance, dynamic balance, physical activity and quality of life in a group of people with spinal deformities. The lab team performs evaluations before and after corrective surgery and makes comparisons longitudinally and in relation to age-matched and sex-matched controls.

Tools for compliance and treatment-tracking in patients with low back pain

Low back pain is one of the most prevalent health conditions in the United States. Patients with chronic low back pain are enrolled in a study and receive either standard of care exercises, exercises plus electronic compliance reporting, or exercises, compliance reporting and health coaching.

The goal of this study is to determine whether the additional patient engagement with the compliance reporting and health coach follow-ups leads to better patient participation and less pain.

General physical performance testing services

The Motion Analysis Laboratory provides human performance testing services for principal investigators both within and outside of Mayo Clinic. Services include quantitative strength testing, respiratory function, mobility assessments, activity quantification and more. Motion Analysis Lab staff members are trained to conduct test protocols for multicenter, multivisit studies and to provide test data back to the site principal investigator.