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Clinical Gait Assessment - Case History [news]

Possibly the most important learning outcome that I teach during my workshop on gait is the importance of fusing history taking, kinematic observation, muscle balance assessment and knowledge of motion science together so that a full picture of the patient can be seen. These factors are all necessary in determining the true root cause of pain and dysfunction. An over reliance on one of these factors may result in poor diagnosis and treatment

A male patient presented to me with excessive limping and knee pain post hip replacement. I had worked with this man before his hip surgery and his limp, due to pain from his arthritic hip, was characterised as slight external hip rotation and excessive side flexion of the upper body towards the arthritic hip.

Written by John Sloane

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