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Gait (Overview)

Gait is the way locomotion is achieved using our limbs. Gait is defined as "bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of human body, in which there is alternate movements of different segments of the body". Different gaits are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, kinetic and potential movement.


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Any way to fix an awkward gait?

Any way to fix an awkward gait?

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. ...Read more

Gait (Overview)

Gait is the way locomotion is achieved using our limbs. Gait is defined as "bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of human body, in which there is alternate movements of different segments of the body". Different gaits are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, kinetic and potential movement.


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Can gait still improved at the age of 21?

Can gait still improved at the age of 21?

In general...yes: If you have inefficient biomechanics, your gait can be improved by modalities like physical therapy and orthotics. Your gait is a complex series of coordinated muscle movement and can be influenced by age, structure, muscle control, etc. And affected by functioning body systems (i.e. Nervous system, circulation, musculoskeletal system, etc.). Kind of a tough question without a physical exam. ...Read more

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Gait (Tip)

Manual therapy/manipulation can help increase gait speed in parkinsons. ...See more

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What is the definition or description of: Awkward gait?

What is the definition or description of: Awkward gait?

Awkward gait: Uncoordinated manner of walking / food movement. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Gait instability?

What is the definition or description of: Gait instability?

Gait instability=: A deviation from normal walking, inability to maintain coordinated walking mechanics, . ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Unstable jerky gait?

What is the definition or description of: Unstable jerky gait?

Ataxia: This can also be called ataxia, difficulty coordinating movements, resulting in unequal jerky movements. ...Read more

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How would a pt perform a wheelchair transfer using a gait belt?

How would a pt perform a wheelchair transfer using a gait belt?

Gait belt = safety: There are many techniques to help a person with debility transfer from/to a wheelchair. It really depends on the level of debility and the amount of help you require. A paraplegic patient may not be able to assist much and may require a slide board where as a hemiplegic may be able to stand pivot with assist. The gait belt is primarily for safety. It allows a steady grip hold while assisting. ...Read more

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Is this the truth: everyone's anatomy is different, everyone's gait is different, there is no one "correct" gait?

Is this the truth: everyone's anatomy is different, everyone's gait is different, there is no one "correct" gait?

No: There are standards that have been established. Normal is considered to be within two standard deviations of the mean, for the most part. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: gait?

What is the definition or description of: gait?

Upright Motion: Gait is the way locomotion is achieved using our limbs. Gait is defined as "bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of human body, in which there is alternate movements of different segments of the body". Different gaits are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, kinetic and potential movement. ...Read more

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What is a spastic gait?

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. ...Read more

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Why do schizophrenics have an awkward gait?

Gait: Some psychotropic medications can cause shuffling gait, as part of extra pyramidal symptoms side-effect, along with tremors/rigidity. ...Read more

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Should I go hiking if I have an unstable gait?

Should I go hiking if I have an unstable gait?

If level ground: Just sort of common sense, uneven terrain can create a greater risk of falling and injury. Maybe, use assistive device or hold onto a companion until you stabilize. Prepare for your hike by getting some gait rehabilitation with a good physical therapist. ...Read more

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How does antalgic differ from trendelenburg gait?

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. ...Read more

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Why are gait belts contraindicated with pacemaker?

Dunno: Can't see why. It's only magnets and electrical signals that can interfere with a pacemaker's functioning. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Shuffling gait?

What is the definition or description of: Shuffling gait?

Shuffling gait: Shuffling gait = "A gait in which the foot is moving forward at the time of initial contact or during midswing, with the foot either flat or at heel strike, usually accompanied by shortened steps, reduced arm swing and forward flexed posture." REF: http://medical-dictionary. Thefreedictionary. Com/shuffling+gait May be seen in Parkisonism. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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I'm 31 years old, where can I find a gait pllate? The only ones I can find are pediatric.

Podiatrist: See a podiatrist. They can have one made, but it would be unusual to need at age 31. ...Read more

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What is an unsteady gait? What causes it?

What is an unsteady gait? What causes it?

Examples: Most commonly an unsteady gait is due to alcohol intoxication or recreational or medical drug use. Virtually any disease or trauma to head and/or neck can make gait unstable. When this occurs due to brain or inner ear problem, balance is off and you can fall. ...Read more

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Can someone be born with a staggering gait?

Sort of: You can, but it's grounds for a neurologic work up. Generally if there is a gait anomaly, there is either a musculoskeletal problem or a neurologic issue that needs to be looked at. It may be a static issue, meaning something unlikely to change, but it should be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like unsteady gait go away quickly?

It depend: We have different reason for unsteady gait, it depend on the reason it may go away quickly or take long time or stay forever. ...Read more

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What does the word "gait" mean in sports medicine?

What does the word "gait" mean in sports medicine?

Gait is specifically: The mechanics associated with how you walk or propel yourself with your lower extremities and torso. ...Read more

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How can I make weakness and gait in old age better?

Many different cause: Generically, do not succumb, instead engage in vigorous aerobic exercise and even weight lifting. Evaluate possible infections, and vitamin deficiencies. Recognize that several medications may be playing a role. A physical therapist or personal trainer may well turn things around. Lastly, avoid withdrawal and becoming an invalid. ...Read more