The most common application of motion analysis in clinics is the gait analysis – motion analysis of level walking. Other applications may focus on a single joint or limb. They can be used for diagnostic purpose or for functional evaluation.
This type of research assists clinicians to better diagnose certain musculoskeletal diseases, achieve good functional outcomes, and predict clinical performances of different treatment options.
This helps clinicians to better evaluate functions of recovering joints, soft tissues, to better evaluate the healing process, to further treat patients and design rehabilitation programs. It also allows comparisons of clinical outcomes through different surgical or non-surgical treatments, different surgical procedures and rehabilitation programs.