Clinical Practice Guidelines
Evaluating Gait, Strength and Balance
Assessment tools are used to evaluate the components of impaired balance, decreased strength and abnormal gait that any healthcare provider trained in their use can complete.
Tools such as the Timed Up and Go, the 4 Stage Balance test and the 30-Second Chair Stand Test can be conducted in any clinical setting.
Evaluating gait, strength and balance
Timed Up and Go
4 Stage Balance Test
30-Second Chair Stand Test
It is important to keep in mind that each test needs to be chosen for how well they can detect an older patient's specific type of impairment. No one test can assess all aspects of mobility.
Timed Up and Go Test: The purpose of this test is to identify any gait and balance abnormalities.
4 Stage Balance Test: The purpose of this test is to assess static balance
30 Second Chair Stand Test: The purpose of this test is to assess leg strength and endurance
NOTE: Other validated tests such as the Berg Balance Scale and the Tinetti Performance-Oriented Mobility Assessment may be use to assess for possible gait, strength or balance impairments.
Completing a comprehensive mobility assessment can be challenging for primary care providers due to limitations in available space, time or other factors.
To support you in this process, we encourage you to consult our mobility assessment guidelines which includes information on how to complete and interpret the results of the Timed Up and Go, the 4-Stage Balance Test and the 30-Second Chair Stand Test.
For more information about these recommended tests which are quick and easy to administer, please click on the brochure image of the Mobility Assessment Guidelines.