Children's Hospital Colorado

Center for Gait & Movement Analysis Research

Orthopedics | February 24, 2016

At the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis (CGMA) within the Orthopedics Institute, research is an important part of our ability to analyze a patient’s movement and muscle activity while walking.

As part of our gait and movement research, our physician-scientists study things like:

  • The role of genetics in complex musculoskeletal disorders, such as cerebral palsy
  • Physical therapy interventions
  • Surgical procedures and techniques
  • Sports medicine
  • Spinal deformity
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Hip conditions and disease

Discoveries from these research studies are then translated into improved tests and treatments, providing new therapies to our patients with gait and movement conditions. Learn more about the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis.

A team of experts researching human movement

At the CGMA, our multidisciplinary team of researchers includes physicians, physical therapists, kinesiologists and engineers. This team works together to study pediatric orthopedics and gait related to musculoskeletal (bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves) and neuromuscular (nerves and muscles) disorders.

Currently, researchers are looking at the gait patterns and health profiles of former cerebral palsy patients of CGMA. The Cerebral Palsy Adult Transition Longitudinal Study (CPAT) is the first study to evaluate patients who have moved from pediatric to adult care and how aging has affected them.

Additionally, the state-of-the-art facilities at the CGMA allow the team to capture the most accurate measurements of human movement and muscle activity. Such accuracy is essential to our research, which has been highlighted in national publications and meetings including:

  • Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society
  • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

Joining forces at Children’s Hospital Colorado

The Musculoskeletal Research Center (MRC) at Children’s Colorado was founded in 2006 for the research of medical and surgical interventions for patients with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders. Collaboration between the CGMA, MRC, Orthopedics Institute and Rehabilitation Program allows expanded access to an array of research interests and patient conditions.

Armed with new answers to the walking and movement issues our patients face, we at the CMA are constantly adapting our testing and therapies to deliver the best care, based on our own research and that of the medical and scientific community.