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Biomechanical Analyses Frequently Asked Questions

What is Biomechanics?

Biomechanics is the study of human movement. Biomechanics integrates the laws of physics, the principles of mechanics and dynamics, as well as, concepts of engineering to assess human performance.  Biomechanical assessment evaluates motion, forces, torques and loading of the body to appreciate their effects on physical performance and mechanisms of injury. Assessment of force, motion and loading during human movement coupled with the knowledge of structural and functional human anatomy provides a greater understanding of efficient motion, pathological motion and potential causes for dysfunction. 

What is a Biomechanical Analysis at DSMC?

Biomechanical analysis at DSMC incorporates the use of high-speed video and force measuring systems to asses force, motion, angles and loading of the body during various movement performance activities, (i.e. walking, running, jumping, cutting, etc.)  Without these specialized systems it impossible to accurately measure the biomechanical performance of these activities.  

What does a Biomechanical Analysis at DSMC Provide?

A biomechanical analysis provides the individual with an in-depth look into their motor performance efficiency.  The analysis identifies possible biomechanical sources of pain and dysfunctional movement patterns.  This information is a key component in the development of a precise and comprehensive treatment plan.

What should I wear for a biomechanical performance analysis?

In a biomechanical analysis, we need to be able to see your joints.  Thus, long baggy shorts and shirts should be avoided.  Wear the shoes that you normally run or walk in for those analyses.  You will be performing the activities specific to the biomechanical performance analysis you have chosen. 

How long does a biomechanical performance analysis take?

Approximately two hours. 

Will insurance cover the cost?

Although there is variability between insurance plans, they do not reimburse for biomechanical performance based evaluations geared toward return to run, walk/hike, or sport because they are considered not medically necessary.  Therefore, our biomechanical performance analyses are cash based evaluations, and we do not submit for insurance reimbursement. 

When will I get the results of my biomechanical analysis?

Every attempt will be made to verbally review the results of your analysis on the day of the analysis, as well as provide you with the reports from the analysis.  If time becomes a factor, results and verbal review will be administered within two weeks of the analysis.  

Can my reports be forwarded to my physician, physical therapist, or athletic trainer?

Upon your request and written approval, we would be happy to forward the results of analysis to your healthcare provider.

Can I start a treatment or training with the DSMC team after a Biomechanical Analysis?


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*Note: there is no treatment given at one of our taster sessions. It’s for you to ask us more questions and for us to confirm whether or not we think we can help you.

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