Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Difficulty Walking Underlying Cause

The ability to walk depends on proper functioning of the following structures:

  • Brain:
    • Maintains balance and controls the action of the muscles
  • Spinal cord
  • Spinal nerves:
    • Transmit signals from the brain to the muscles in the legs
  • Inner ear:
    • Senses balance
  • Musculoskeletal:
    • Bones, joints, muscles and tendons in the leg

Injuries or conditions that affect the function of the above structures can result in difficulty walking.

Causes of difficulty walking include:

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Difficulty Walking References
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