Improving the diagnosis and treatment of children with musculoskeletal and movement disorders is the goal of a new collaboration between St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and Boise State University’s Center for Orthopedic & Biomechanics Research (COBR).
The collaboration allows physicians to use the technology available in the COBR Pediatric Motion Analysis Lab to assess patients’ movement abilities. The goal of the analysis is to reduce the number of surgeries required and improve functional outcomes for pediatric patients, especially those between the ages of 8 and 21, who have musculoskeletal problems such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida and movement disorders. Patients are referred to the program by St. Luke’s orthopedists.
The Pediatric Motion Analysis lab uses in-depth, detailed testing with 3-D computerized and electromyography features to help develop the most effective treatment plans possible.
We celebrated the collaboration with a special event in the lab space this week. Many Boise State, St. Luke’s, and St. Luke’s Elk’s Children’s Rehabilitation faculty members, physicians, clinicians, and others made this collaboration possible, and I’m so excited about the possibilities and the care improvements we are going to be able to make as the result of everyone’s great work and commitment!