How to determine an orthopedic or a neurologic cause of dysfunction

An overview for general practitioners to boost diagnoses

Through text, photos, and videos, Susan A. Arnold, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), aids the general practitioner in determining if a patient is experiencing an orthopedic or a neurologic cause of dysfunction. Specifically, there are notable orthopedic conditions that may be considered “neurologic imposters.” However, these orthopedic conditions lack key deficits consistent with neurologic dysfunction. These “neurologic imposters” are addressed below to aid the clinician in the evaluation of patients that are presented for gait dysfunction.

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