Providing treatment for coordination, movement and walking disorders

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Program uses advanced technology to treat patients with injuries and diseases that cause coordination, movement and walking disorders. Our primary focus to help restore your physical capabilities so you can function well in your everyday life.

Our Patients

For many people affected by neurological and orthopedic problems, the restoration of locomotion (walking or gait) is a major challenge. Patients evaluated by our Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Program include those with:

  • Cerebral palsy, a group of chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination
  • Conversion reaction, a mental disorder that causes symptoms such as blindness, memory loss and paralysis that have no discernible physical cause but for which there is evidence of a psychological conflict
  • Muscular dystrophy, disorders of muscle weakness
  • Neuropathy, disease or injury affecting nerves or nerve cells
  • Neurological damage from severe trauma and fractures, break in a bone
  • Parkinson’s disease, a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Stroke, blocked or bleeding blood vessel in the brain
  • Traumatic brain injury

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center? 

There are many important reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • The Human Motion and Analysis Recovery Program is the only vocational-based program in central Ohio
  • Rehabilitation researchers and physicians at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center were the first in central Ohio, and one of only a few regionally, to incorporate the use of 3-D computer graphics to analyze the coordination of human movement to improve treatment for our patients
  • Our motion analysis system allows us to participate in clinical research to test new treatments for walking problems
  • Our team includes biomechanical experts who study the motion of the body and use this research to improve patient outcomes
  • In addition to providing expertise for this program, our director is a contributing textbook author on the subject of walking mechanics. Rehabilitation students and practitioners around the world read these textbooks.
  • We are proud that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs. CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has consistently ranked among the best in the nation
  • Since Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available

Our Services

Our Services

The Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Program offers rehabilitation services after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Motion Analysis System

Our program uses advanced 3-D technology to record, in real time, your body in motion. This is done using eight high-speed cameras that record the positions of reflective markers attached to key locations on your body. Then, your movements are monitored and recorded simultaneously.

These images are used to diagnose and treat weaknesses or abnormalities. They can also detect any subtle movements that may be limiting your ability to function well. Based on your evaluation results, we prescribe a specific treatment plan for your recovery. Your personalized treatment plan may include physical therapy, exercise programs, specialized bracing or orthotics.

Treatment Plan

Your Treatment Plan

Your customized treatment plan starts with a team of specialists who may include:

  • Expert technicians such as biomechanists, biomechanical engineers or computer scientists
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists who specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries
  • Physical therapists who specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility



Research Projects

Neuro Arts / Embedded Arts 

With the help of interactive arts sensors, our researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are working to integrate artistic activities in with standard rehabilitation exercises. This study aims to evaluate whether patients can create their own visual images and audio compositions from movement they perform in daily rehabilitation sessions. By allowing our patients to create artwork while performing rehabilitation exercises, we hope to track the progress of their movement recovery with the data recorded from movement sensors. We also want to engage creative process and attention in ways that stimulate movement recovery and provide a more motivating experience in the rehabilitation clinic. View a video demonstration of this innovative technique.

Related Publications

Maung D, Crawfis R, Gauthier L, Worthen-Chaudhari L., Lowes L, Borstad A, McPherson R (2014) Development of Recovery Rapids: A Game for Cost Effective Stroke Therapy, Foundations of Digital Games, Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference (Exemplary Full Paper), Ft Lauderdale, FL, April 3-7, 2014.

Worthen-Chaudhari L., Basso M, Schmiedeler J, Bing J (2014) A New Look at an Old Problem: Defining Weight Acceptance During Human Walking at Different Speeds. Gait & Posture 39.1,588-592.

Worthen-Chaudhari L., Whalen C, Swendal C, Bockbrader MA, Haserodt S, Smith R, Bruce MK, Mysiw W (2013) A feasibility study using interactive graphic art feedback to augment acute neurorehabilitation therapy. NeuroRehabilitation 33.3, 481-490.

Maung D, Crawfis R,Gauthier L, Worthen-Chaudhari L., Lowes L, Borstad A, McPherson R (2013) Games for Therapy: Defining a Grammar and Implementation for the Recognition of Therapeutic Gestures, Foundations of Digital Games, Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference, Chania, Crete, Greece, May 14-17, 2013.

Lowes, L. P., Alfano, L. N., Yetter, B. A., Worthen-Chaudhari, L., Hinchman, W., Savage, J.,Samona, P., Flanigan, K. M., & Mendell, J. R. (2012). Proof of Concept of the Ability of the Kinect to Quantify Upper Extremity Function in Dystrophinopathy. PLoS currents, 5.00.

Worthen-Chaudhari, L. (2012) New Partnerships between Dance and Neuroscience: Embedding the Arts for Neurorecovery, Dance Research, 29(2), 467-494.

Pease, WS, Bowyer BL. Human Walking. In DeLisa's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice, 5th Ed. Frontera WR, DeLisa JA, Gans BM, Walsh NE, Robinson LR (eds). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 201.

Yadev, V., Schmiedeler, J. P., McDowell, S., Worthen-Chaudhari, L (2010). Quantifying Age-Related Differences in Human Reaching while Interacting with a Rehabilitation Robotic Device, Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 7(4), 289-299.

Van der Loos H. F. M., L. Worthen-Chaudhari, D. Schwandt, D. M. Bevly, S.A. Kautz (2009). A split-crank bicycle ergometer uses servomotors to provide programmable pedal forces for studies in human biomechanics. IEEE Trans Neural Sys & Rehab Eng. 4/2010, Epub ahead of print.

Brewer, Bambi, S.K. McDowell, L.C. Worthen-Chaudhari (2007). Post-Stroke Upper Extremity Rehabilitation: A Review of Robotic Systems and Clinical Results. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 14(6), 22-44.

Sommerich CM, Lavender SA, Buford JA, Banks JJ, Korkmaz SV, Pease WS. Towards development of a nonhuman primate model of carpal tunnel syndrome: Performance of a voluntary, repetitive pinching task induces median mononeuropathy in Macaca fascicularis. J Orthop Res 2007; 25(6): 713-724.

Strakowski JA, Pease WS, Johnson EW: Phrenic nerve stimulation in the evaluation of ventilator-dependent individuals with C4- and C5-level spinal cord injury. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2007;86:153–157.

Worthen L.C., C. M. Kim, S. A. Kautz, H. L. Lew, B. J. Kiratli, and G. S. Beaupre (2005) Key characteristics of walking correlate with bone mineral density in volunteers with post-stroke walking deficits. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 42(6), 761-768.


Johnson's Practical Electromyography, 4th Ed. WS Pease, H Lew, EW Johnson (eds). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007 

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