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 a qualified chiropractic neurologist.
- Have you fallen more than once in the past year?
- Do you take medicine for two or more of the following diseases: heart disease hypertension, arthritis, anxiety, and/or depression?
- Do you feel dizzy or unsteady if you make sudden changes in movement such as bending down or quickly turning?
- Do you find yourself tripping or stubbing your toes occasionally?
- Have you experienced a stroke or other neurological problem that has affected your balance?
- Do you experience numbness or loss of sensation in your legs and/or feet?
- Do you use a cane, walker or wheel chair, or do you need assistance to get around?
- 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 feel unsteady when you are walking, climbing stairs, or up or down a curb?
- Without using your hands, do you have difficulty sitting down or rising from a seated position?
If you answered "yes" to one or more of the above questions, then you could have a balance problem and should consult a qualified professional for an evaluation.
Adapted from onbalance.com