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Brett Sears

What is the TUG?

By November 29, 2012

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If you are having difficulty walking or moving around, perhaps a visit to your physical therapist is in order. He or she can evaluate and assess your condition and provide you with strategies to help improve your balance, strength, and functional mobility.

One simple outcomes measurement tool that your physical therapist may use to assess your basic functional mobility is the Timed Up and Go test. This test, also known as the TUG, measures the time it takes for you to rise from a chair, walk 3 meters, turn around and walk back, and sit down.

While performing the test, you are allowed to use your normal assistive device, like a quad cane or walker, but you cannot receive assistance from anyone. If you are having balance problems or think you may fall during the test, it is probably best to wait until you are in the physical therapy clinic with your therapist before doing the TUG.

A score of 14 seconds or less on the TUG indicates less of a chance of falling, and a score of more than 14 seconds indicates that you have a greater chance of falling or have more impairment with mobility.

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