To help determine if you may be headed for a fall, take the Balance Self Test below. If you answer yes to one or more of the questions, you could be at risk. The best way to determine if you have a problem, though, is to talk with your physician who might recommend that you get a balance screening test from a qualified clinician.
|Do you have difficulty sitting down or rising from a seated or lying position?|
|Do you feel unsteady when you are walking, climbing stairs?|
|Are you inactive? (Answer yes if you do not participate in a regular form of exercise, such as walking or exercising 20-30 minutes at least three times a week.)|
|Do you use a walker or wheel chair, or do you need assistance to get around?|
|Do you experience numbness or loss of sensation in your legs and/or feet?|
|Have you experienced a stroke or other neurological problem that has affected your balance?|
|Do you have black-outs or seizures?|
|Do you feel dizzy or unsteady if you make sudden changes in movement such as bending down or quickly turning?|
|Do you take medicine for two or more of the following diseases: heart disease hypertension, arthritis, anxiety, and depression?|
|Have you fallen more than once in the past year?|
If you answered “yes” to one or more of the questions above, then you could have a balance problem and should consult with your physician. You may print this Balance Test and take it with you for your physician to review.
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