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Here is a quick mnemonic “ABNORMAL GAIT to remember about Neuromuscular Disease & Gait

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Neuromuscular Disease & Gait : How To Remember Easily ?

  • A – Ankle dorsiflexion deficit causes foot slap in weight acceptance.
  • B – Bilateral proximal weakness leads to excess pelvic sway.
  • N – Neuromuscular disease often presents with abnormal gait.
  • O – Occasional presenting feature in patients with neuromuscular disease.
  • R – Result of distal weakness is increased step height.
  • M – Myopathy or muscular dystrophy exhibit proximal weakness.
  • A – Amelioration of pain in lumbar spinal stenosis with stooped posture.
  • L – Lumbar spinal stenosis can mimic early parkinsonism.
  • G – Gait abnormalities seen in patients with neuromuscular disease.
  • A – Acceptance of weight causes foot slap in patients with distal weakness.
  • I – Increased step height compensates for foot drop in peripheral neuropathy.
  • T – Typically seen in patients with myopathy or muscular dystrophy.


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