Gait Speed as the Sixth Vital Sign

Hello everyone Dr. Donovan here and today, we will be talking about travel speed as the sixth vital sign.

The 5 commonly accepted vital signs are:

  • Blood pressure,
  • Heart rate,
  • Oxygen saturation,
  • Respiration,
  • And temperature.

One of the biggest things I have observed in my work is that any adult’s walking or hiking behaviors are a marker of their health. You can also find greater control over your mental health and environmental control by improving your travel speed, and measuring the speed of movement according to the predicted health condition.

There is something to be gained by improving your gait speed for everyone.

For example, if you have a single gait speed, which is another name for walking speed, you can potentially increase it for an overall positive impact. There is something to be gained by improving your gait speed for everyone, from someone who already walks five miles a day, to someone who may not feel comfortable walking outside.

If you have pain in walking, you may want to get medical help before you try to work on your walk because it may be something related to your pain. Whether it is your back, knee, or ankle, it is important to listen to your body. 78% of the time, people with these gait speed issues will get a knee replacement or emergency surgery.

You can watch last week’s video of me demonstrating gait speed exercises. of me doing this at the clinic.

Mobility is a strong indicator of many diagnostic and management systems, such as blood pressure and respiratory rate. There are different system requirements from multiple organ systems that go into this. I would argue that gait speed should be collected as the most important measure.

As opposed to the other vital signs, gait speed is the only one that can’t be fixed with a pill.

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