The Orthotic Research & Locomotor Assessment Unit (ORLAU) is based at RJAH.
The unit was established in 1975 by Gordon Rose, an orthopaedic surgeon, to provide assessments of mobility impairment and to develop engineering solutions for disabled patients. Today ORLAU continues to:
- Assess children and adults with mobility problems by gait analysis
- Advise patients and referring clinicians on treatment options and strategies
- Deliver orthotic and physiotherapy solutions for adults and children
- Deliver complex mobility aids and devices
- Train health professional in the fields of movement analysis and rehabilitation engineering
- Research and develop engineering solutions for mobility impairment
- Research mobility impairment by means of gait analysis
ORLAU has developed the following resources which enable it to undertake a wide range of activities related to walking rehabilitation at all levels of disability.
Gait Assessment Facilities comprising:
- 3D Movement Analysis
- Ground Reaction Video Vector Analysis
- Plantar pressure measurement
- Energy Cost Assessment
- Clinic Rooms for patient assessment and walking training
- Plaster Room
- Patient Information facility
Rehabilitation Engineering Facilities comprising:
- Mechanical workshop with a wide range of machine tools.
- Computer Aided Design facility.
- Materials and structures testing equipment.
- Transportable ground reaction force monitoring instrumentation which can be offered as a stand-alone clinical service with clinical and technical support available from ORLAU staff
ORLAU has held accreditation to ISO 9001 since 1998. In March 2017, we successfully transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 and also hold accreditation to ISO 13485:2012.
A copy of our Quality Policy could be made available on request.