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Here is a quick mnemonic “MAJOR SOURCE to remember about Parkinsonian 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

Parkinsonian Gait : How To Remember Easily ?

  • M – Morbidity due to falls is a major source of problems for Parkinson’s disease patients.
  • A – Arm swing is improved with dopamine replacement therapy.
  • J – “Just walk” becomes a challenge for Parkinson’s patients due to the gait disorder.
  • O – Older individuals, especially those above 65 years of age, are commonly affected by Parkinson’s disease.
  • R – Retropulsion, or a tendency to fall backward, can be observed in some patients.
  • S – Shuffling gait is a characteristic feature of Parkinson’s disease.
  • O – “Onset to onset” variability in step length contributes to the gait disorder.
  • U – Unsteadiness and instability are common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
  • R – Rivastigmine and donepezil, cholinesterase inhibitors, show promise in improving gait and reducing fall frequency.
  • C – Cholinergic circuits in the pedunculopontine nucleus and cortex are implicated in the gait disorder.


Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department