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Protokinetics For Pediatricians

Gait deviations frequently occur in pediatric patients as a result of dysfunction in the neuromuscular and skeletal systems.

Quantitative Gait Analysis (QGA) with Protokinetics PKMAS and Zeno Walkway provide objective and quantitative evaluation of a patient’s abnormalities and can be used to plan effective and accurate treatment protocols.

Pediatric patients with gait abnormalities caused by spina bifida, muscle weakness, brain injury, foot and ankle dysfunction, static or dynamic muscle contracture, cerebral palsy, abnormal joint position, amputation, and other neurological or orthopaedic conditions may require surgical, pharmaceutical, and therapeutic interventions.

Pediatricians and surgeons need an in-depth analysis and understanding of gait deviations caused by spasticity, ankle, knee, hip or back dysfunction, and other factors in order to make optimal treatment decisions.

Using observational gait analysis (OGA) alone tends to focus on gross deviations in the patient’s gait and may miss pathophysiology that reveals underlying conditions.

Quantitative Gait Analysis (QGA), like that provided by Protokinetics PKMAS and Zeno Walkway, better characterize the cause of an abnormal gait. It differentiates the patient’s primary and secondary abnormalities and compensatory strategies. Our products provide gait kinematics and gait kinetics data such as:

  • spacial and linear parameters
  • coefficient of variation
  • relative pressure
  • footfall
  • 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 monitor the progression of neuromuscular diseases, evaluate post-surgical success, define surgical procedures, track the progression of neuromuscular diseases, and create standards and baselines against which a patient’s progress can be compared.

Gait analysis maximizes efficiency for Pediatricians

PKMAS and Zeno Walkway offer an opportunity for the Pediatrician’s office to maximize efficiency, as staff can be trained in data collection and the physician can interpret the parameters. This also allows the pediatrician 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 gait analysis made before and during treatment and rehabilitation can guide treatment protocols and show when the effect of treatment has plateaued.

Protokinetics PKMAS software and Zeno Walkway can:

  • Functional gait outcomes
  • Testing treatment efficacy
  • Quantify gait impairments to create treatment plans and develop treatment goals for patients
  • Track and report gait longitudinally
  • Determine optimal performance condition to minimize muscle atrophy and assistive device reliance
  • Compare bracing and walker conditions to maximize performance
  • Show patients quantitative data to assist with patient compliance
  • Send quantitative data to insurance companies to justify clinical choices and speed reimbursement.
  • Quantify level of maturation and motor behavior delay