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Patients will be evaluated before and after treatment, for bone and joint injury, disorders and disease by a team of specialists, using the most advanced tools and technology. The results will then by analyzed and reviewed with patients, to create the most clinically effective and individualized treatment plan.

This space will allow physicians to provide immediate feedback regarding a patient's disorder and the related medical or surgical treatment plan, including physical goals and performance targets. In addition to an extensive clinical evaluation, physicians may use a range of diagnostic tools to identify the root causes of the symptoms or disease progress.

Penn Center for Human Performance
The Human Motion Lab will be outfitted with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.
Penn Center for Human Performance
Patients will receive evaluations by a team of specialists to restore range of motion and optimize individual performance.

Diagnostic Tools

Within the Human Motion Lab, a variety of diagnostic tools will be available to physicians to help identify the specific nature of your musculoskeletal injury or condition.

Motion Analysis

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.

Neuromuscular Testing

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.

Electromyography (EMG)

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.

Metabolic Measurement System

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.

"The Human Motion Lab is for those suffering from musculoskeletal symptoms seeking to understand their condition, maximize their potential and improve their quality of life. The Center will help patients achieve their personal best using the latest clinical and diagnostic tools available."

Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
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