Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement

Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement

Walking. Moving. Better.

At the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement, children and adults with mobility limitations, spinal conditions, neuromuscular disorders and congenital and acquired limb conditions have access to in-depth analysis of their gait and motion.

We provide extensive personal mobility assessments and a comprehensive consultation with orthopedic surgery, physical medicine, neurosurgery and physical therapy experts to craft customized care plans for each patient. Together, we create a path toward enhanced motion — even for patients with complex mobility issues.

Coupled with Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s many mobility-related resources, from neuromuscular clinical trials to advanced physical therapy and rehabilitation services, the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement helps connect patients with the full spectrum of needed care for enhancing mobility and avoiding injury.

We are located in the Dublin Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and offer appointments by referral five days a week.

Honda CenterAt the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement, we use state-of-the-art computer technology and a team of medical experts to help kids and adults walk and move better.

Our equipment is used to provide detailed information about how patients walk, where they place their weight, how their spine moves, how fluid their motions are, how their muscles work and where there may be opportunities to improve.

We combine a thorough physical assessment with video and muscle analysis and an expert team discussion to present all of our patients with an in-depth look at their movements and their options for treatment. A full assessment takes up to three hours.

Leading Technology

Our unique partnership with Honda has allowed us to purchase the most advanced motion analysis equipment. Coupled with our mobility experts from several disciplines, the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement offers a combination of technology and expertise rarely found in pediatric motion analysis programs. 

Our technology includes:

  • Tiny stick-on dots and other stickers placed on the body
  • Video cameras to track the tiny markers and generate information about how the body moves
  • Pressure plates that record which parts of the foot support weight and whether abnormalities exist
  • Force plates that measure the changes in force generated by walking
  • A metabolic cart, used to check how much energy is used to walk
  • Computers that our engineers use to review the data from our equipment and to share the visual information about gait and mobility with our clinical team

After a thorough physical therapy assessment and motion analysis, we discuss a wide range of treatment options. Depending on your selected treatment, we will work with you to provide physical therapy and rehabilitation, surgical care or other services.

Advanced Research

Having the best equipment and a talented, dedicated team of clinical experts makes research an obvious choice for our program. The Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement studies how to improve patient outcomes after interventions, how to advance mobility options and how to improve the approach to surgery. Clinical team members also study spine motion. When the Center adds its sports analysis capabilities, research will include how to improve technique and performance for athletes with and without limb deformities, deficiencies and adaptive technologies.

Our diverse, skilled medical team works together to review the video and data from the gait analysis. By bringing together experts from several medical fields, each patient receives a well-rounded evaluation of the likely physical causes and effects of their mobility problems. Patient families can also discuss a variety of proposed treatments with the team’s experts in those fields.

The Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement includes clinicians from the following specialties:

Meet the Director

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical ProfessionalAmanda T. Whitaker, MD, is the medical director of gait analysis at the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement at Nationwide Children’s. She is an orthopedic surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedics at Nationwide Children’s and received her medical degree with special qualifications in biomedical research from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. She did her residency at University of California San Francisco and fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she acquired experience in — and a passion for — gait analysis, which she has continued to develop via a professional focus in the field. Her research interests include long-term mobility outcomes after intervention and improving outcomes in clubfoot, gait and neuromuscular conditions, including cerebral palsy.

Dr. Whitaker’s clinical interests include pediatric neuromuscular conditions, clubfoot, limb deformity, scoliosis and trauma. She is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, the America Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and several other societies locally and internationally.

We understand that a care plan has to be as unique as the patient. That’s why the medical team at the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement offers each patient a wide range of treatments, balancing out surgical solutions with non-invasive options.

After discussing the results of the mobility assessment and the range of options for improving mobility, you can work with the clinical care team to choose your path forward.

Treatment options may include:

  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy, both at home and at Nationwide Children’s
  • Inpatient physical rehabilitation
  • Bracing
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Neurosurgery, including selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) for spasticity
  • Muscle Botulinum toxin
  • Serial casting
  • Static and dynamic interventions
  • Behavioral therapy

Pre- and Post-Operative Evaluation

Gait analysis can be very useful for patients who do require or plan to have surgery. Orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons who are part of the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement staff can use the motion analysis results to better understand how to approach the surgery.

In addition, getting another assessment after surgery can help patients and their doctors understand what has changed. Post-surgery evaluations can also show whether follow-up surgery or other treatments are needed to further improve gait.

Referrals and Resources

Nationwide Children’s Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement offers seamless referrals to the appropriate clinical teams for carrying out each patient’s chosen care plan. Many of our departments offering these treatments rank among the nation’s best.

Depending on the underlying condition and selected therapies, you may follow up with: