A simple diagnostic Romberg test at home

A simple diagnostic Romberg test at home
If a person often suffers from dizziness and other neurological diseases, then a simple and effective test at home can be applied. Diagnostic test or Romberg test is used in medical practice to identify neurological disorders and disorders of the balance organs and mental illness. Moritz Heinrich Romberg was a German physician and neurologist. He was one of a tiny number of truly innovative neurologists in Europe who in the 1820-50 period introduced order and clinical observation and deduction into what was then an elementary discipline. He is credited with having been “the first clinical neurologist”.
The application of the Romberg test at home requires a patient / user and an assistant. The assistant can monitor the test result and possibly detain the person by not allowing the person to fall or injure themselves. The subject should stand still with arms outstretched and legs together. Eyes should be closed. The subject should be in this position for 30 seconds, with 6 to 10 seconds being sufficient for the elderly. In order to get a clearer result, the respondent can use a more complicated pose. The feet should be placed in one imaginary line. The toe of one foot should be firmly placed against the heel of the other foot. The subject in this position should also keep his arms outstretched in front of him. Keep your eyes closed for a few seconds.
Home test results
Body rocking indicates a possible neurological disease. A fall of the subject to one side indicates damage to one of the hemispheres of the brain corresponding to the fall side. Deviation backwards may be evidence of mental illness. General instability occurs due to polyneuropathy, i.e. damage to peripheral nerves. For all the conditions described, each person should undergo a specialist medical examination as soon as possible. Such home tests are just indications for further medical examinations in official institutions.


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