Joint Kinetics 101: Understanding Gait Pathology,Treatment Decision-making and Outcomes Evaluation Using Joint Kinetic Data.
Instructors: Sylvia Õunpuu, Kristan Pierz, Jennifer Rodriguez-MacClintic
Intended Audience: All personnel who are involved in the interpretation for treatment decision-making as well as the collection and processing of joint kinetic data. This includes,but is not limited to,physicians, physical therapists, kinesiologists, biomechanists and engineers.
Prerequisite Knowledge: Participants should have the basic understanding of how clinical gait analysis supports treatment decision-making, familiarity with gait analysis output and terminology especially joint kinematic data.
Outline of Course Content: Joint kinetic data collection as part of comprehensive motion analysis procedures is the most difficult component of clinical gait analysis to understand and utilize. The overall goal of this course is to provide the background knowledge and skills needed to use joint kinetic data as an integral part of assessment of pathological gait so that the most informed treatment decision is possible. The course will review the basic concepts needed to interpret joint kinetic data and provide examples of how kinetic data provides the clinician with clinically relevant information for understanding the impact of joint level impairment on gait pathology. Through case examples, we will demonstrate how joint kinetics can improve our understanding of gait pathology, facilitate treatment decisions and improve understanding of treatment outcomes for a variety of gait pathologies.