Berg balance Scale

The physiotherapy consult finds Mr Doherty’s Berg balance scale is 46/56. He had difficulty turning to look behind, reaching, retrieving an object from the floor and balancing on one foot. He had a positive Rhomberg test, with persistant sway while standing with eyes closed.

The physiotherapist prescribed specific balance exercises, which can be performed as a home program.

Gait Assessment

Mr Doherty had no trouble transferring or turning in the timed up and go test, completing the assessment in 11.3 seconds. His gait velocity and character were normal.  Mr Doherty has some problems with balance, but no significant falls risk as a result of this.

However, in conjunction with his poor eyesight, his risk of having a fall is increased.