A balance screening test is an exam that evaluates the balance and equilibrium of a patient. Screenings may vary but typically include standing on one foot and standing still while tilting the head.
What is it?
A balance screening test is a simple screening that evaluates an individual’s ability to balance while performing a range of physical tasks. Tasks may vary but can include bending to the toes and standing on one foot for a short period.
What should I do to prepare?
Individuals undergoing this test should prepare to complete physical tasks and dress appropriately. It is typically advised not to eat before the evaluation.
What happens during the process?
During the evaluation, individuals are asked to complete various physical balance tests for short periods of time. Their ability to remain steady is assessed by the physician performing the evaluation.
What are the risks and potential complications?
Due to the nature of this screening, individuals having difficulty with balance are at risk of falling while performing certain tasks. Extra precaution should be taken if an individual is known to have difficulty bending over or standing on one foot.
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