Gait and posture: Assessment in general practice

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Sweeting, Kent
Mock, Michael
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2007
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BACKGROUND: A basic analysis of a patient's gait and posture provides information about the body and the capability of the musculoskeletal system to adjust to physical stressors. An understanding of normal gait and posture is essential for identifying and treating musculoskeletal pain. OBJECTIVE: This article discusses normal gait and how to assess gait. It also outlines common musculoskeletal conditions and their association with abnormal gait and posture. General practitioners can detect faulty postural syndromes and abnormal gait by visual scanning and awareness of pain referral patterns. DISCUSSION: Awareness of pain that can arise from faulty gait and posture will assist GPs to shift their focus away from structural diagnoses and unhelpful radiological investigations. The GP can become an effective facilitator of the prevention and rehabilitation of pain problems where abnormal gait and posture are found to be a main contributing factor. [References: 24]

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Australian Family Physician

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36

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6

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© 2007 Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

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