3D Gait Analysis

Niagara Health & Rehab Centre (NHRC) has partnered with Dr. Reed Ferber at the University ofCalgary's Running Injury Clinic to bring you the 3D Gait Analysis System. NHRC is one of a short list of clinics in the world to offer this innovative, cutting edge technology to the general public. The system can also be found at facilities such as Oxford University, Ohio State University and the Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand. The 3D Gait Analysis System has been featured in Maclean's magazine, Men's Health, Canadian Running Magazine, and Runner's World magazine.

Who is Dr. Reed Ferber?

Dr. Ferber is a board certified athletic therapist who holds a Ph.D. in sports medicine and gait biomechanics from the University of Oregon. His post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Delaware and the University of Calgary concentrated on the research and clinical treatment of lower extremity injuries. He is the current Director of the Running Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary.

What is gait and gait analysis?

Gait is defined as a manner of walking or running. Gait analysis is a method used to assess our biomechanics (good and bad), the motions our body goes through when we walk or run. New research is showing that most running injuries occur due to poor technique. This same research is showing that efficient gait patterns can help avoid these injuries. The prevention is achieved by having joints capable of providing sufficient movement and muscles capable of producing sufficient stability and force. If joint range of motion is limited (often due to muscle tightness) or muscles are weak, the body must find ways to compensate for these issues. Eventually this leads to abnormal technique, increasing the risk of injury. By using gait analysis, these abnormalities can be identified, assessed and properly treated.

What is 3D Gait Analysis?

The 3D Gait Analysis System uses three high-speed infrared cameras to track the motion of twenty (20) reflective markers placed on the body. Using this system, NHRC is able to accurately measure walking and running movement patterns in all 3 dimensions for the ankles, knees, hips and pelvis. These measurements are used to create a visual representation of your gait and then compare this with an ever-growing database of runners and walkers at the University of Calgary. This method of analysis has become the gold standard and most accurate assessment tool available for running and walking injuries. 3D Gait Analysis is up to 38% more accurate than traditional video camera analysis.

What happens after my evaluation?

Following the 3D Gait Analysis and injury assessment, patients are provided with a comprehensive report containing the findings of the study. This report can then be taken to a healthcare provider for interpretation and treatment. Alternatively, one of the highly trained members of the NHRC staff will provide recommendations for exercise and/or therapy to target any biomechanical issues identified during the evaluations.

For more information or to book a 3D Gait Analysis please contact NHRC at 289-362-3600