Video Motion Analysis: A Powerful New Tool

At DPT, we’re all about helping you get better, faster. Spending time with you, learning about your goals, your concerns and your day to day life help us figure out how to do just that. In addition to this time, we use a variety of tools and techniques to evaluate your condition and form a treatment plan that works for you in your life. We’re very excited about the recent addition of a new tool: video motion analysis.

What is video motion analysis? We use a tablet equipped with a camera and analysis software to capture your movement. This allows us to pause, slow down, and measure different components of that motion. Over time, we can precisely measure your progress and make corrections or suggest treatment or exercise to improve movement.

Seeing is believing. Some movement patterns we investigate include walking, running, overhead throwing/pitching, overhead hitting/serving, squatting, and jumping. While athletes will obviously benefit from this level of insight into their movement, video motion analysis offers helpful feedback for a wide range of patients. When you are able to see what you’re doing, it can help you create new motor mapping in your brain to correct movement patterns.

Measuring progress. Video motion analysis allows our team to evaluate the biomechanics of a movement in super slow motion and compare to past movements and “ideal” kinematics. We can draw precise angles corresponding to your body in motion. This data gives us a valuable way to assess and guide treatment. Your doctor might enjoy this insight, too: our team of expert clinicians are trained in this software and can share data with your medical team. 

Get better, faster. Even the most accomplished athletes develop habits that can lead to pain and injury. Video motion analysis in the hands of an expert clinician can be a great way to help you make adjustments that improve your game and reduce risk of injury. If you think this tool might work for you or someone you know, schedule an appointment with DPT!

Who would benefit from video motion analysis?

Patients with any of the following:to 

  • Painful walking
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Painful running
  • Returning to a sport
  • Post ACL recovery
  • Overhead athletes
  • Injured workers
  • Weight-lifters
  • Post bracing
  • Post Stroke / CVA
  • Patients transitioning from a wheelchair to other assistive device
  • Pain with squatting
  • Scoliosis
  • New and experienced Yogi’s
  • Difficulty breathing / poor breath control
  • Swimmers
  • And many more.