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what is a spastic gait?

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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Neurology 23 years experience
Tight muscles: When muscles of lower limbs have increased tone or have stiffness the walking is not fluid normal type. Gait is est seen than described.
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Gait: A spastic gait is a very stiff sometimes robotic looking walk where the patient has difficulty coordinating the leg movements. The gait typically has a "jerky" movement and it varies depending on severity of the spasticity.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Would a staggering gait be a sign that someone is on drugs?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Nonspecific: Could be alcohol or drug intoxication, but could also be a hereditary spinocerebellar degeneration, multiple sclerosis, inner ear problems, a multitude of other neurological conditions, narcolepsy with cataplexy, anemia, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia. So, a variety of considerations, as gait imbalance can be caused by many different problems.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is having a weird gait a good sign of having schizophrenia?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
No: Not at all. There are very specific signs and symptoms which must correlate with the criteria for schizophrenia, but gait is not one of them. Sometimes, a child will have motor developmental problems, such as clumbsiness and awkward, poor coordination in association with pervasive development disorders such as autism-which is at times confused with schizophrenia.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Schizophrenia is a thought disorder, not a physical disorder.
Dec 30, 2012
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
There can be decrease in gait velocity due to impaired executive functions in Schizophrenics!
Dec 30, 2012
A 44-year-old member asked:

How does antalgic differ from trendelenburg gait?

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Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
Podiatry 23 years experience
Both abnormal gaits: Watch the leg that is weight bearing. In an antalgic gait there is a shortened stance phase relative to the swing phase (like when someone doesn't want to step fully on the leg). Whereas from a frontal view, a trendelenburg gait usually has a muscle weakness in the hip abductors on the leg that the person is standing on and a tilt (hip drop) noted on the leg that is non-weightbearing.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What conditions causes people to have a stiff legged gait?

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Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Many: Metabolic, neurological , orthopedic , etc. see your doc
A 42-year-old member asked:

Any way to fix an awkward gait?

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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Varies by cause: The key to fixing an awkward gait is determing the cause - is it muscular, skeletal, neurological, etc. Pt can help for muscular injuries, and for some neurological conditions meds can help. As always good diagnosis begets good treatment and better outcomes.

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