Children's Hospital Colorado
Orthopedics Institute
Orthopedics Institute

The Center for Gait and Movement Analysis

A boy does a gait lab walking test

The Center for Gait and Movement Analysis (CGMA) at Children’s Hospital Colorado is the only center of its kind in our region, and just one of about 40 in the country that provides a comprehensive analysis of gait (walking) and movement. Specialists at the CGMA use state-of-the-art instruments – like advanced video recording techniques and 3-D motion capture technology – to analyze a patient’s body movement and muscle activity while walking.

What is a gait analysis?

The word "gait" means a particular way or manner of walking. A gait analysis is an in-depth look at how your child walks or performs certain functions to get from one point to another. The ability to better see how the body moves helps our doctors evaluate, plan and provide the best possible treatment for your child.

How is the analysis used?

A close-up of the gait lab sensors on a child's legs.

After the analysis, a team of our experts – including physical therapists, kinesiologists, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists and engineers – reviews the reports and makes a recommendation for care of your child. While this might mean surgery for some patients, for others the recommended treatment plan can include physical therapy, medications or modifications to any orthotic or prosthetic being used. Our team works together to ensure that your child will be as mobile and active as possible.

Prepare for your child’s gait analysis appointment.

Gait analysis for a variety of patients and conditions

The CGMA was originally developed to help monitor and manage the ongoing medical needs of children with cerebral palsy. Today, we see patients with a variety of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions like those listed below:

Extending our expertise and services to adults

Because the CGMA is the only gait lab in the Denver Metro area, we are one of the few programs at Children's Hospital Colorado that regularly evaluates both children and adults. Although the CGMA was initially designed for children, our equipment, techniques and staff have proven invaluable in the examination of diagnoses that may develop later in childhood or adulthood.

We typically see adults with the following conditions or problems:

  • Stroke or cerebral vascular event
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Amputation