Why is Gait Analysis Needed Following a Total Knee Arthroplasty?

Why is Gait Analysis Needed Following a Total Knee Arthroplasty?
Gait analysis is the study of the human locomotion (walking). In this process, the walking pattern of a patient or a healthy person is observed by a therapist along with instruments to evaluate the conditions which affect the ability to …

Gait analysis is the study of the human locomotion (walking). In this process, the walking pattern of a patient or a healthy person is observed by a therapist along with instruments to evaluate the conditions which affect the ability to walk by measuring body movement and muscle activity.

This analysis is very significant to observe:

  • The standing posture of the body
  • Running gait
  • Walking gait
  • To check high-pressure areas on the feet

The results of these observations help a physician to understand the reason for injury or pain in the leg, joint or any other area of the body.

Total Knee Arthroplasty

Total knee arthroplasty is the replacement of a painful and damaged knee joint with an artificial joint. This surgery is used as a last resort for patients suffering from knee joint pain. A total knee replacement allows a patient to regain an active life.

Gait analysis is very helpful following a total knee arthroplasty. When the body feels pain in the knee, the normal standing and moving positions of an individual change. In an attempt to reduce the pain the body alters its standing posture and walking position. After a while, these changes become a habit and even after surgery when the pain is relieved, the patient may continue with these habits. Continuing with these changes in gait may cause stress and pain in other parts of the body.

The gait analysis process is used to check the standing and walking position of the body, and also helps to determine the areas where changes are required. With the guidance and aid of a physical therapist, the patient can recover their normal walking position. Sometimes physical therapy is required to regain the patient’s normal walking and standing position.

For more information about total knee replacement surgery, contact Dr. Dan Albright at 919-863-6808.