Assessment of the Geriatric Patient: Gait and Balance

Mark E. Williams, MD; Angela Gentili, MD

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November 16, 2009

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Conclusion

Gait abnormalities are common, and falling is a significant source of morbidity in the geriatric population. Although falling may be an early marker of frailty, or a sentinel event of acute illness, some types of falls may be prevented. Because of the importance of falls as an indicator of health status, the evaluation of the elderly person with ambulation difficulty is an important clinical skill for primary care clinicians.

Acknowledgements

The author gratefully acknowledges Dr. Angela Gentili of the McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, for expertly demonstrating the various gait abnormalities.

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