Floor to Stand Transfer
The decline of skeletal muscle mass and strength as we age can lead to frailty and falls. If you fall you should be able to get up off the floor independently. Staying on the floor for long periods after a fall leads to further complications 1.(*rhabdomyolysis). In a study by Tinnetti et al. 2, it was found that those who fell and were unable to get up unassisted were more likely to suffer functional decline than those who did not fall, or those who fell but were able to get up independently.The floor transfer test may indicate mobility related impairments in muscle strength and flexibility and balance. You will want to do a full body assessment before attempting to get up to ensure no fractures, head injury or lightheadedness that could lead to an additional fall. The floor transfer test is one of the many tests we assess 2x a year in our new for 2022 membership package. RESEARCH REPORTS 1Reliability and Validity of the Floor Transfer Test as a Measure of Readiness for Independent Living Among Older Adults Ardali, Gunay PT, PhD1,2; Brody, Lori T. PT, PhD1,3; States, Rebecca A. PhD4; Godwin, Ellen M. PT, PhD4 Author Information Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy: July/September 2019 - Volume 42 - Issue 3 - p 136-147 doi: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000142 . 2 Tinetti ME, Liu WL, Claus EB. Predictors and prognosis of inability to get up after falls among elderly persons. JAMA. 1993;269(1):65–70. * Rhabdomyolysis is a syndrome caused by injury to skeletal muscle.We demonstrated that falls (with and without immobilization) were the most common etiologies for rhabdomyolysis in the elderly. PMCID: PMC5772847 PMID: 29392076 The Study of Rhabdomyolysis in the Elderly: An Epidemiological Study and Single Center Experience Supakanya Wongrakpanich,* Christos Kallis, Prithiv Prasad, Janani Rangaswami, and Andrew Rosenzweig Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer Supakanya Wongrakpanich, Contributor Information. *Correspondence should be addressed to: Dr. Supakanya Wongrakpanich, Department of Medicine, Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Email address: email@example.comS Copyright : © 2017 Wongrakpanich et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium provided that the original work is properly attributed.