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Protokinetics For Orthopedic surgeons

Gait analysis helps Orthopedic surgeons assesses a patient’s body movement by measuring data while running, walking, and standing still. Protokinetics ZENO Walkway and PKMAS software can detect subtle and gross deviations in gait and is especially helpful in establishing a baseline pre-surgery or pre-rehabilitation to develop precise and relevant treatment protocols.

Gait and balance assessment is of great value in determining the source of pain or discomfort resulting from bone deformities, skeletal misalignments, spinal injuries, and the progression of diseases like arthritis and muscular dystrophy. As a noninvasive method of detection, gait analysis is an excellent resource for precisely identifying medical conditions and determining the proper course of treatment. Using observational gait analysis (OGA) alone tends to focus on gross deviations in the patient’s gait and may miss subtle deviations, resulting in potentially incomplete analysis.

Gait and balance assessment can be used to increase an orthopaedic surgeon’s confidence in surgical decision-making when the gait analysis recommendation agrees with the original treatment plan. Postoperative care is also affected, with changes in gait informing decisions on bracing, physical therapy, or additional surgery.

Protokinetics gait analysis software is also useful in analyzing post-orthopaedic surgical success when a baseline has been created pre-surgery. Our PKMAS software and ZENO Walkway mat can assess progress, retrogression, or regression in patients with spinal injuries, knee abnormalities, foot and ankle deformities, hip abnormalities, osteoarthritis, amputations, and many progressive conditions and diseases.

Quantitative Gait Analysis(QGA), like that provided by Protokinetics PKMAS and Zeno Walkway, adds to the Orthopaedic surgeon’s tools with gait kinematics and gait kinetics data such as:

  • temporal and spatial parameters
  • coefficient of variation
  • footfall
  • relative pressure
  • step and stride
  • gait phase
  • gait cycle
  • velocity
  • distance
  • coordinates
  • Center of Pressure (COP)
  • static measurements such as quiet standing
  • and more.

This gait and balance assessment data can be used to create standards and baselines against which the patient’s progress can be compared, independent of or as an adjunct to the surgeon’s observations.

Gait analysis maximizes efficiency

PKMAS and Zeno Walkway offer an opportunity for the Orthopaedic surgeon’s office to maximize efficiency, as staff can be trained in data collection and the surgeon can interpret the parameters. This also allows the physician to accurately observe how gait parameters change over time during treatment.

As healthcare quickly moves to outcomes which require quantitative analysis, shorter hospital stays and increased function, measuring gait will become more useful in identifying patient progress, functional loss or disability. Comparing data from Quantitative Gait Analysis made before and during treatment and rehabilitation can guide treatment protocols and show when the effect of treatment has plateaued

Maximize physical therapy lab efficiency

PKMAS and Zeno Walkway offer an opportunity for physical therapy labs to maximize efficiency, as lab staff can be trained in data collection and physical therapists can interpret the parameters.

This also lets the therapist accurately observe how gait parameters change over time via rehabilitation techniques.

Additionally, gait analysis data can be compared to determine treatment parameters for each patient and to determine treatment progression to achieve the most efficient gait.

As healthcare moves to outcomes which require quantitative analysis, shorter hospital stays and increased function, measuring gait will become more important in identifying levels of patient progress, functional loss or disability.

Quantitative Gait Analysis provides information about the impact of impairments on functional movement, offering physical therapists important additional measures when assessing patients at intake or measuring progress in walking.

Comparing data from QGA made before and after treatment can help determine treatment protocols and when the effect of treatment has plateaued.

Protokinetics PKMAS software and Zeno Walkway can:

  • Quantify gait impairments to create treatment plans and goals for patients
  • Pre- vs. Post-surgical assessment: Track progress through recovery
  • Compare gait conditions to determine optimal conditions at various recovery stages
  • Minimize pre-surgical damage
  • Track surgical efficacy