What Are the Basics of Gowers’ sign?

Q:
What are the basics of Gower’s sign?

A:
Gowers’ sign is a medical sign that indicates the weakness of the proximal muscles, namely those of the lower limb. Gower’s sign describes a condition in which a patient that has to use their hands and arms to “walk” up their own body from a squatting position due to lack of hip and thigh muscle strength.

Here is a picture of Gower’s sign.

The possible causes of Gower’s sign include:

  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • Discitis
  • Proximal ascending pseudomyopathic diseases
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Polymyositides

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