Here is My Question:
I find that I collapse suddenly. My legs give in and I kind of fold down onto the floor. This doesn't happen all of the time and there doesn't seem to be any warning. What can I do to keep safe?
I would definitely recommend using some type assistive device when you are walking (or standing), since you can’t predict when this will happen. A walker would be most appropriate, as a cane will not give you enough support in the event that your legs/trunk give out. It would also be important to seek out an explanation for why this is occurring, especially if this is a new symptom. Strengthening and stretching your legs, and strengthening your trunk would be beneficial too. Having the direction of a local physical therapist would provide you with the most benefit, if you have access to one. If you notice this happens more frequently when you are fatigued, try to plan your day accordingly, so you are less likely to put yourself in the position where this can occur!
Sarah Frank, PT, DPT, MSCS
Mt. Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital
490 Blue Hills Ave.
Hartford, CT 06112
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