As clinical specialist who will care for clients over the life span, it is critical to be aware of fall risk in patients with conditions that may impair their balance! This includes asking two critical questions and performing some quick tests that can help with screening for fall risk:
2 key questions:
Have you fallen in the last 12 months?
Do you have difficulty with balance or walking?
Conduct a balance and mobility screen:
30 second chair stand test
4-stage balance test
Timed up and go test
Fall risk assessment has been added into the differential diagnosis tab for these common conditions!
Knee meniscus tears
Posterior tibial tendonitis
Tarsal tunnel syndrome