Hemiplegic Gait

Hemiplegia refers to weakness of one half of the body, mostly affecting the upper and lower limbs. In the acute phase, there is hypotonia and weakness of affected limbs. As recovery occurs over the next few days to weeks, muscle tone increases, resulting in spasticity. In this video, you can see the hemiplegic gait, affecting the left side. The person keeps his hip and knee extended. Hip is tilted to opposite side while the person moves in circumduction (rotates the limb in an arc). The upper limb is flexed at elbow and internally rotated.

Published by Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine) DM (Neurology)

I am a doctor with 25 years experience. I have worked as a neurologist for about 20 years. Educating public and healthcare professionals is very dear to me. This is possible due to my interactions with thousands of patients and their caregivers. I salute the patients who suffer and it is our duty to minimise suffering by preventing diseases and ensuring prompt diagnosis and treatment of those already affected.

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