Clinical Gait Analysis and Its Role in Treatment Decision-Making

Roy B. Davis, III, PhD, Sylvia Õunpuu, MSc, Peter A. DeLuca, MD, Mark J. Romness, MD


August 14, 2002


In summary, quantitative gait analysis provides the tools necessary to evaluate both normal and pathologic gait in a more objective fashion. The art of sophisticated clinical gait analysis lies in the integration of many methods of analysis to arrive at a more complete assessment of a patient's gait pattern. Proper gait data interpretation is dependent upon the care with which gait data are collected and the experience and expertise of the clinical team, which may include physicians, physical therapists, kinesiologists, engineers and technicians.