We had a great time at the annual Mountainlands senior fair! There were tons of prizes, vendors and community resources as well as free breakfast and lunch for seniors! Make sure and join us again next October at the Provo Rec Center for this event. We offered fall risk assessment to seniors who stopped at our booth.
One part of the fall risk assessment we do in our office is called the "TUG" test, which stands for Timed Up-and-Go. This is a quick test recommended by the Center for Disease Control and can help determine if you are at risk for falling. During the test, we ask the patient to sit in a chair, then stand, walk ten feet, turn around and come back and sit down. This is a great general test, because we learn a lot from it and it only takes a few seconds.
We can test strength (how easily the patient stands and sits in the chair) balance, (gait, speed, stride length) and agility (speed, turning en pointe, gait). 10 seconds is normal, 14+ is considered high risk of falling. When a patient comes into our office for fall risk, there are several things we can do. We also have a lot of community partners that we can refer to depending on the case. We start by determining the source(s) of imbalance. We often prescribe things like special footwear, stretches and strengthening exercises, visual balance training and vestibular balance training. If you or a loved on is at risk of falling, come into our office and we can get started with balance therapy.