Measuring Risk of fall and Outcome Measures of Mobility for seniors

Reference:Buatois S, et al Five times sit to stand test is a predictor of recurrent falls in healthy community-living subjects aged 65 and older. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008; 56(8):1575-1577.

Sometimes I cannot use my typical orthopaedic outcome measures on my senior patients. So how can I determine if they are progressing with the exercises I?ve prescribed? I use 2 tests …

Timed Up & Go (TUG) Test

This is originally a screening tool to measure fall risk ?easy and can be conducted anywhere. They may use an assistive device if needed.

The patient sits in a chair with or without arms, PT says, ?ready, set, go? and ambulates for 10 feet / 3 meters, turns around and returns and sits down. The normative values are…

Less than 10 seconds: Excellent mobility

10-19 seconds: Typical Mobility

20-29 seconds: Slow mobility

30+ seconds: Diminished mobility

Posted on: July 05, 2012


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