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Biomechanics of Normal and Pathological Human Articulating Joints

Volume 93 of the series NATO ASI Series pp 83-102

Gait Analysis as a Tool to Assess Joint Kinetics

  • T. P. AndriacchiAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • , A. B. StricklandAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center

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Abstract

There has been an increasing interest in the use of gait analysis as a clinical and research tool in recent years. The development of computerized systems for acquisition and processing of gait measurements has made large scale use of gait analysis feasible. Analysis and interpretation of the vast quantity of measurements that come from the gait laboratories have become the major problem associated with their use. There is clearly a need for careful planning in the preparation of a gait analysis study. Such a study should be sufficiently focused to achieve an understanding of either the normal or pathological processes that could not be obtained subjectively from general observations (1,2).