Welcome to the RIPPS Balance Method

An Innovative, Reliable, Valid, Quantitative Clinical Balance Fall Risk Assessment and Treatment Method


Designed by a clinician for the clinician, the RIPPS® Balance Method is a portable, safe and affordable clinical toolkit that provides a more practical and efficient way for physical therapists and other healthcare professionals to determine balance and fall risk in older adults.

The RIPPS Method can be used in any clinical setting providing objective and quantitative postural response measurements and has clinical balance intervention applications as an induced-stepping treatment paradigm.

The RIPPS Method was developed to provide the clinician with a highly discriminant, efficient, accurate fall risk assessment and treatment tool without relying on expensive equipment and several marginal time-consuming tests.

Blending Research Innovation With Clinical Practice

RIPPS is an evidenced-based, single-trial, first-attempt, manual waist-pull perturbation balance assessment method that stresses the limits of available reactive and proactive non-stepping and stepping postural stability responses utilizing Repeated Incremental Predictable Perturbations in Standing (RIPPS). The RIPPS performance measure is expressed as percent of total body weight (% TBW) as determined by RIPPS performance criteria.


Latest News and Reports About RIPPS

Physical Therapy Products: Safety in the Balance!
ADVANCE for Physical Therapy: Perturbation Neurophysiology: Perturbation assessment and treatment paradigms have gained recent attention
ADVANCE for Physical Therapy: Passion and Purpose: Balance rehab is a growing need and enterprising practitioners are answering the call
ADVANCE for Physical Therapy: Physical Therapist Develops Balance Toolkit
Physical Therapy Products: Tool Kit Can Objectively Determine Fall Risk
TodayinPT.com: Endless Innovations in Physical Therapy
PubMed.gov: The Spring Scale Test: a reliable and valid tool for explaining fall history
NYPTA Publishers Row: Published study/presentations by member Louis DePasquale, PT, MA
Press Release: New Testing Method Offers Physical Therapists A More Efficient Way To Determine Fall Risk In Older Adults


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RIPPS Instruction Manual
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