The Gaiety of Gait

As a physical therapist, I love reading people’s posture and analyzing people’s gait. The manner in which someone walks can tell you so much. It is fun. It is like a puzzle waiting for you to solve.

The gait pattern is a result of three different components: stiffness, weakness and compensation. If the knee joint is stiff, you cannot bend it. If the quadriceps is weak, you cannot stand on your leg without buckling. However, many people have stiff joints and weak muscles and yet they can still function. How? Because their body figures out a way to compensate for their problem. Let's examine three gait patterns to illustrate this point.


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