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Upper Extremity Motion Analysis Lab

Akron Children’s Hospital has the only motion analysis lab in the region for evaluating the movement and function of the upper extremities – the arms, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands. It is used in the treatment of injuries or illnesses where there is damage to the peripheral nerves or other causes of altered movement. In children, the most common condition is a brachial plexus injury – damage to the network of nerves in the neck that controls movement and feeling in the shoulder, arm and hands. This frequently occurs at birth, but can also be the result of a traumatic injury in older children.

In the motion analysis lab, small sensors are attached to your child’s upper extremities to record movements in 3D. Your child’s range of motion and functionality will be assessed. This technology picks up subtle changes in movement, including ways your child may be modifying how they move to compensate for limitations.  

This assessment will help guide your child’s treatment plan based on how your child’s arm moves and to maximize your child’s functioning. For patients who have surgery, a follow-up assessment after surgery will show how well range of motion and functioning have improved and if any further treatment is needed.

Along with peripheral nerve injures, motion analysis may be used to evaluate upper extremity function in children with cerebral palsy and those with shoulder injuries.

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Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 7
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-5001
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Our Doctors/Providers


Stephanie Russo, MD, PhD

Pediatric Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgeon


Some of the Conditions We Treat...

brachial plexus injuries, shoulder injuries, cerebral palsy

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