Dynamic Observation

Evaluation of spinal mobility during gait analysis focuses on observing the overall balance and fluidity of movement from head to tail, in addition to assessing fore and hind limb stride length, foot placement, and signs of lameness.  Gait analysis and lameness examination are typically used to identify and localize limb lameness and to rule out signs of vertebral pain and dysfunction.  Neck or back motion asymmetries, restricted vertebral or pelvic mobility, not tracking straight, or lack of propulsion are a few spinal function characteristics that are evaluated.  Normal vertebral column motion during the walk consists of small cumulative amounts of segmental motion, which produce an overall smooth curve or movement of the vertebral column.

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