Blog

Vertebral Artery Dissection - Is This Something We Still Need To Worry About?

Sep 04, 2021

Do you ever wonder what would happen if one of your patients had a vertebral artery dissection?

Do you ever wonder if you would be able to screen if your patient has a vertebral artery dissection?

We recently had a patient come through our clinic with a vertebral artery dissection and his history was alarming. Before we review this case let’s review some of the common questions about this condition:

  • What is vertebral artery dissection?
  • What causes vertebral artery dissection?
  • How common is vertebral artery dissection?
  • What are the symptoms of a vertebral artery dissection?
  • How is vertebral artery dissection diagnosed?
  • What is the treatment for vertebral artery dissection?

What is...

Continue Reading...

Let’s Consider Taking a Step Backwards When Assessing Balance

Aug 05, 2021

A few months ago we reviewed how gait speed is not only a great test to measure mobility, but why it should also be considered a vital sign (link). But have you ever wondered about assessing your patient’s ability to walk backwards? This is a more complex task needed for tasks such as backing up to a chair, opening a door, or avoiding a sudden obstacle. Or,  have you ever wondered if there was a standardized testing protocol for backwards walking with normative data? 

The study by Carter in 2017, called “The 3m Backwards Walk & Retrospective Falls: Diagnostic Accuracy of a Novel Clinical Measure” looked at walking backwards and falls. The study reviews:

  1. ...
Continue Reading...

Should Gait Speed Be Considered A Vital Sign?

Jan 05, 2021

We are all familiar with vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, respiration rate, and body temperature. How accurate are these signs at determining health or predicting future health? Are there other signs that we should consider as a vital sign? If you could add another vital sign what would it be? Mine would definitely be, with no reservation, “gait speed”.

 

What Is Gait Speed?

The time one takes to walk a specified distance on a level surface.

 

Why Gait Speed Should Be Considered a Vital Sign?

The reason I believe gait speed should be considered a vital sign is that it packs more information than just determining the need for a...

Continue Reading...
Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Simply fill out the below and click on "Subscribe".