The Human Motion Lab's optical motion analysis system consists of four cameras, allowing clinicians to measure current and expected performance. This is important to establish the appropriate pharmaceutical or therapeutic treatment regimen and is useful in measuring a patient's progress and the effectiveness of any treatment.
The Lab's force platform system, which works with the optical system, will analyze force movement (forces and torques acting on the ankles, knees, and hips of patients) ten times more accurately than any other force platform system available. This incredible level of accuracy ensures that we provide the highest level of care.
Virtual reality can also be incorporated into the analysis, allowing clinicians to more accurately observe each patient's motion through daily activities and living environments, such as a kitchen or living room.
A high-tech dynamometer, a machine that measures muscle strength, allows physicians to objectively identify, treat and document the conditions that cause functional limitations. Flexible tools and attachments are also used to examine patients in job-specific work activities. Finally, results are entered into a system that compares a patient's statistics with those from Penn Medicine's clinical population to help to tailor individual patient goals.
EMG is a diagnostic procedure to assess the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them.
This system enables the measurement and processing of electrical activity and associated signals to evaluate individuals with abnormalities during walking; as well as muscle activity in more dynamic movements, such and running and jumping.
This system is used during various stages of physical activity to understand how efficiently your body processes oxygen, handles cardiopulmonary stress and expends energy—using cardiopulmonary stress testing, indirect calorimetry (an estimate of energy expenditure) analysis and maximal oxygen consumption measurement.