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Motion Analysis Center (MAC):
For Patients

What Is Motion Analysis?

Motion analysis is a noninvasive procedure that analyses the gait (walking pattern) or upper extremity movement of children and adults with a range of movement disorders. 

Patients first undergo a thorough physical exam to measure the range of motion available in the joints and the strength of the muscles of the upper or lower extremities. Then  markers covered with a special tape are placed on specific anatomical landmarks on the legs and/or arms along with little “muscle microphones” (electrodes). 

Cameras track the movements of the markers as the patient moves, and electrodes record the activity and coordination of specific muscle groups that produce or control the movement. It may take as many as 10-20 trials to record the person’s natural movement. 

RIC will results to your physician, including both a written report and a CD with animation that reproduces the patient's movements during the test.

What to do:

To make an appointment, call (312) 238-1447. You'll receive an appointment package; please fill out the documents and bring them to your appointment.

 What to bring:

1. In terms of clothing

     a. Elastic waist shorts

     b. T-shirt/Tank top/Sports Bra

2. Braces and/or Assistive Devices (if applicable)

3. Insurance/Medical Card

4. Prescription from referring physician

5. Completed Questionnaire (included in the confirmation package)


Call us at (312) 238-1447, or follow this link to Frequently Asked Questions.