Student Information

Student Name

Neetha Mathew




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Leon Root MD Motion Analysis Lab - Hospital for Sp

Mentor(s):Sherry Backus, Jocelyn Hafer

Topic of Internship

Motion Analysis/Research/Clinical Projects

Background Information

The Hospital for Special Surgery is ranked as the #1 hospital in America by U.S. News and World Report. It has been top-ranked in orthopedics for 20 years as of now. It is the nationís oldest orthopedic hospital where about 25,000 procedures are performed annually. Many of the hospitalís` doctors and therapists act as team physicians and athletic trainers for famous sports teams such as the New York Mets, New York Giants, New York Knicks and Nets Basketball. The Leon Root M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory is one of the 40 laboratories of its kind in the nation. They review and analyze muscle patterns and movements in order to determine gait characteristics, muscle strength and energy efficiency. They use this information for research and clinical purposes, serving patients of all ages with orthopedic, rheumatic or neurological diseases.

Summary of Internship

During internship at HSS, I work in the Motion Analysis Laboratory. In this lab, the patientsí gait walks are assessed and recorded in a program called Cortex. Each track is cleaned and fixed, using other programs such as OrthoTrak. From the first day at internship, I learned how to clean the data in Cortex and analyze it by using OrthoTrak. I was able to clean up the lab area and assist with prepping the patients for their gait analyses. While the data was collected, I was able to observe as patients walked through motion sensors and force plates with multiple markers attached to their bodies. To assist with the research, I was asked to run errands once in a while. There was also time for patient care as I worked with the patients when they came in for appointments.

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