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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.

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.

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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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.

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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, .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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