Motion, gait and function

Denna sida på svenska

The research group is connected to the neuro-paediatric and orthopaedic clinics in Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital. The group is multi-professional and put together by physiotherapists, orthopaedists, orthotists and biomechanists.

Research group leader:

Physiotherapist, PhD, Assoc Prof

Eva Weidenhielm Broström


ISO certified

The clinical Gait Analysis unit, which is a part of the orthopaedic department, is certified according to ISO 9001 since 2010. The research group Motion and Gait analysis is an integrated part of the ISO 9001 certification.

Our goal is to contribute to and transfer research findings from both clinical and medical areas to physiotherapy, ortopedics and orthotics, as well as other associated clinical fields.

The overall aim is to enhance the management level for both children and adults, in particular, to improve diagnosing, simplify choice of treatment, methods, evaluate treatment outcome and assure high treatment quality in children and adults with motor disorder.

We will take part in exploring and explaining compensatory strategies to find solutions and measures for a high participation level:

  • Development and improvement of biomechanical models with respect to the human movement functions
  • Improve function and reduce secondary problems among the various natural stories
  • Development of assessment tools which measure treatment effects
  • Deepen the knowledge of various factors influence and how they interact, e.g. joint contractures/swelling, spasticity, muscle strength and spatial orientation/navigation
  • Investigate subjective pain and its influence on movement
  • Evaluate effects of medical treatment with respect to walking function

Research projects

  • Function - a biomechanical perspective
  • Motion and walking function in children with motor disorder
  • Goal directed therapy (GDT)
  • Biomechanics of human movement

The research projects are presented more in detail here

PhD projects

  • Idiopathic toe-walking (ITW) in children
  • Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita
  • Gait deviations - inflammatory joint diseases
  • Posture in children with bilateral cerebral palsy
  • Hip and knee osteoarthritis
  • Knee arthroplasty - a gender perspective
  • Paediatric femur shaft fractures
  • Ankle injury and deformity
  • Knee function in children

The PhD projects are presented more in detail here

Members of the research group

Åsa Bartonek, PhD, assoc prof, PT
Stephanie Böhm, PhD, orthopedist
Pähr Engström, PhD student, orthopedist
Marie Eriksson, PhD student, orthotist
Anna-Clara Esbjörnsson, PhD student, PT
Stefan Hagelberg, MD, paediatric rheumatologist
Stefan Ganzelius, PhD student, orthopedist
Elena Gutierrez-Farewik, PhD, biomechanist, assoc prof
Cecilia Lidbeck, PhD student, PT
Kristina Löwing, PhD, PT
Eva Moström, PhD student, orthopedist
Josefine Naili Eriksson, PhD student, PT
Josefina Nyvang, PhD student, MD
Eva Pontén, PhD, MD, ortophedist
Li Villard, PhD, PT
Johan von Heideken, PhD student, orthopedist
Kristina Tedroff, PhD, paediatric neurologist
Per Åstrand, PhD, orthopedist
Maria Örtqvist, PhD student, PT