PUTTING GAIT TO THE TEST

Health & Nutrition - - SENIOR CARE -

Your doc­tor can some­times get a good idea of what’s caus­ing your gait prob­lem by watch­ing the way you move. He or she may ask you to per­form var­i­ous move­ments and per­haps time you while you do them. In the Timed Get Up and Go test, you get up from a chair with­out us­ing your hands, walk 3 me­ters (about 10 feet), turn, and re­turn to sit back down. You should be able to com­plete the ac­tion in about 10 sec­onds. If you take 14 sec­onds or more, it’s con­sid­ered ab­nor­mal, and you have an in­creased risk of fall­ing.

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