Whether a physical therapist is performing a cervical evaluation or ankle evaluation, analyzing a patient's gait pattern should be a standard aspect of every examination. The information gathered during this functional assessment will allow the clinician to quickly make educated decisions regarding the patient's overall presentation. For example, if the patient has a compensated Trendelenburg during the stance phase of gait, one can assume the strength or motor control of the Gluteus Medius is insufficient. One's ability to recognize these patterns will ultimately differentiate a novice clinician from an expert.
Gait Analysis Considerations
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