Besides collection of video-recordings, this atlas establishes the hitherto absent classification. Classification of disorders of gait has not been unified yet. In a clinical practice, there is a certain tradition in the use of terms (e.g. paretic, ataxic, senile, parkinsonian gait, etc) that are well-founded by a clinical experience but lack generally accepted definitions and therefore they may be comprehended in a different way and may not always reflect identical disorders of gait.
In this Atlas and for practice, the authors recommend to use phenomenological classification based on the description of the basic features and clinical signs brought out during examination. However, phenomenological classification may not reflect explicit diagnostic category. Specific categorization of the gait disorder according to affected systems or diseases may be difficult because of the combination of patterns and mutually overlapping clinical features. The clinical-anatomical classification then proceeds from the site of the damage usually responsible for the complex gait disorder pattern resulting from a combination of several basic phenomenological features.