Running Analysis for Physical Therapy
Paspa Physical Therapy uses advanced video analysis software to analyze a patient while playing their sport, running on the treadmill, swinging a golf club or simply walking. In NYC we have thousands of runners who suffer from chronic injury or pain. We use video analysis with our running population to analyze gait patterns, highlight technique deficiencies and establish a treatment plan.
With the warmer weather, we are seeing more people getting outside to go for a run. Running is a great exercise when done correctly. If you are an avid runner or just a beginner, you should know that when you run, your body is absorbing shock over and over again when your foot hits the ground. In truth, it’s not just your foot that is absorbing all the shock. Shock absorption starts at the foot and can be transmitted up the kinetic chain to the ankle, knee, hip, and low back.
The mechanics of your running—or how you run—has a huge impact on injury prevention and running efficiency
A runner with abnormal or poor running mechanics is more likely to suffer an injury than someone with good mechanics.
Biomechanics, or the study of how your body moves during certain activities, such as running, play a huge part in your overall running success, as well as injury prevention. The tricky part is that when you are running you can’t see if all the pieces of your body are working together, normally, or not.
A video analysis, also known as a Running Gait Analysis, administered by a physical therapist can teach you a lot about your form
When a video analysis is used to access your running form, your physical therapist will be looking at your entire body to see if you are moving efficiently. You can expect to get feedback about:
- Ankle, knee, and hip mechanics – ankle instability, knee valgus/varus or hyperextension, and poor hip extension during toe off and swing phase of gait. Landing short or long during the heel strike phase of gait.
- Pelvis and trunk mechanics – pelvic drop or trendelenburg
- Foot mechanics – excessive pronation or supination, hard heel strike, excessive vertical oscillation.
- Upper body and arm mechanics- excessive arm swing or pumping of the arms.
How Does Video Running Gait Assessment Work?
You will be videoed while running from different angles and planes. The video will then be analyzed in slow motion, using still frames and frame by frame motion assessment. Slowing down the video allows your physical therapist to determine how each joint is moving while you’re running and how the muscles throughout your whole body are working to control the joint movements.
The video will also compare both sides of your body’s movement—comparing one side to the other to pick out any asymmetries and any motions that are abnormal. Your motions are measured by comparing them to “normative” values.
Analyze movements, progress and outcomes
This software offers us the ability to film, slow down, review and analyze movement at each joint of the body.
The visual feedback is immediate and allows patients to see exactly how their body is moving. Patients become more aware of their improper movement and can easily understand the corrective protocol outlined by their physical therapist. It also enhances their understanding of the relationship between normal vs. abnormal movement.
We can chart progress with before and after shots as well as superimpose clips or use side by side comparison.
Provide Individualized Protocols
Your physical therapist’s knowledge and expertise are vital in evaluating your gait pattern to identify abnormal movement patterns, alignment, and gait deviations. They can then make corrections, provide exercises, stretches, and running drills to enhance efficiency and improve your running gait pattern.
Progress can be tracked over time to increase the effectiveness of your rehab and recovery.
Motion Analysis Can be Used in the Following Areas
- Functional movement evaluation
- Gait analysis
- Athletic assessment for heightened performance
- Sport and injury prevention
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
What Insight Can Be Gained From a Video Analysis?
By analyzing how you move while you run, your physical therapist can provide you with insight into:
- how you can decrease the stress to the injured area (if you are feeling pain)
- what kinds of specific gait retraining strategies will make your running more efficient (even if you’re not experiencing pain)
- providing you with targeted exercises and stretches
- hands-on manual therapy to help you run more efficiently and with less pain
- if you are at risk of developing injuries in the future if you continue to run using the same movements and patterns
- avoid re-injury
What Kinds of Runners Should Have a Running Gait Analysis?
Because running video gait assessments combine the latest clinical and academic knowledge in running, you will get a 100% customized analysis of the way you run. The runners who will benefit most from a running video gait assessment include:
- runners who have had an injury or combination of past injuries
- runners who are frustrated because the standard diagnosis they received for their running pain does not seem to be addressing the root cause of their pain
- runners who love running and want to ensure that their running form today is not going to lead to injuries in the future
- runners who want to run faster and more efficiently, and who want to see precisely what could be modified in their running form to achieve better results
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