Gait deviations in individuals with inflammatory joint diseases and osteoarthritis and the usage of three-dimensional gait analysis
Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology, 08/08/2012
Brostrom EW et al. – Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis in the lower extremities exhibit reduced walking speed/cadence and decreased motion and moments in relation to healthy subjects.
- Gait analysis is used to define gait deviations and to evaluate varying surgical approaches, types of surgeries and non-pharmacologic interventions.
- Most studies examine gait in adults with knee OA.
- Limitations of existing studies include small samples, poor selection of controls, sample heterogenecity, lack of baseline gait assessments and inconsistency in measurement.
- Across studies, time and distance parameters are generally used to provide a global measure of gait deviations.