Dr. Kathy Maupin: What Walking Means For Health

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(KPLR) - Time for positive aging with Dr. Kathy Maupin and we continue the theme of external signs of disease and how you can be your own medical sleuth.

How a Person Walks Can Signal Illness 

Shuffle:  Very old people walk with a shuffle because their muscles are so atrophied that they cannot pick up their feet, but younger people who shuffle may be on psychotropic drugs, or may have syphilis that has progressed to the neurologic stage. Shuffling can also be a sign of Parkinson’s Disease.

Walking in a similar motion to a ‘side to side’ rocking horse is a sign of a hip malformation, degeneration or disease.

Leaning forward as you walk is a sign of lower back pain or a bulging disk

Not swinging your arms as you walk is a sign of neurologic disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia.