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Here is a quick mnemonic “STIFF LEGGED to remember about Stiff Legged 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

Stiff Legged Gait : How To Remember Easily ?

  • S – Spastic gait is characterized by stiffness in the legs.
  • T – The patient may walk on the toes.
  • I – Increased tone in the adductors causes “scissoring” gait.
  • F – Flexor spasms restrict trunk and lower-limb movement.
  • F – Feet exhibit plantar flexion and inversion.
  • L – Lesions such as tumors or spinal vascular malformations should be excluded.
  • E – Upper motor neuron signs are present on physical examination.
  • G – Genetic basis is often seen in dystonia.
  • G – Gait abnormalities can be caused by cerebral or spinal disorders.
  • E – Elderly patients with cervical spondylosis may have spastic gait.
  • D – Dysarthria is often associated with cerebral spasticity.


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