Is parkinsonian gait caused by a regression to an immature walking pattern?

Adv Neurol. 1984;40:375-9.


The gait of 6 patients with Parkinson's disease was analyzed by movement, EMG, and force recordings. In certain important details, a regression towards a more immature walking pattern was seen. It is suggested that the characteristic parkinsonian gait in addition to hypokinesia is caused by deficits in the neural circuits controlling plantigrade locomotion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biological Evolution
  • Gait*
  • Humans
  • Levodopa / therapeutic use
  • Middle Aged
  • Parkinson Disease / drug therapy
  • Parkinson Disease / physiopathology*
  • Psychomotor Performance


  • Levodopa