What is Gower’s Sign?

Gowers sign is common in conditions that involve a proximal muscles weakness. The sign involves the child starting from a prone position and then using the hands to walk up the legs.

The most common condition that Gowers sign occurs in is Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy and it is an early sign. The sign is almost pathognomic for Duchennes, but can occur in any problem in which there is a weakness of the pelvic or proximal muscles.