What is the Berg Balance Test (BBS)?

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The Berg Balance Scale (or BBS) is used by doctors to test someone’s static and dynamic For functional balance. Many think the BBS is the best measure of someone’s balance. The test itself takes between 15 and 20 minutes, including less than 15 simple balance related tasks, like standing up from a sitting position, to standing on one foot. The score goes from zero (unable) to four (independent). As we grow older we tend to lose our sense of balance. Some statistics point to the fact that one out of three people 65 and older fall once a year, or more. Everyone should take it to know where they stand and to start exercising those muscles responsible for keeping us balanced. The Berg Test is also used for patients with a history of stroke, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, vertigo, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease.


Answered on August 26, 2016.
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