Don’t let a fear of falling keep you from being active.
The good news is that there clinically proven ways to prevent most falls and we can help.
A collaborative effort between your doctor and our physical therapy team can make a difference.
It Starts with a Thorough Evaluation
Physical therapy starts with a thorough evaluation of your health & fall risk factors. We will then set up on on a personalized prevention program to address the findings we identify during your initial visit.
Evaluation and Treatment May Involve One or More of the Following:
- Strength testing
- Flexibility testing
- Walking (gait) patterns
- Your health history
- Sight and hearing screenings
- Blood pressure
- Assistive/adaptive device use & education
- Footwear recommendations
- Review of your medications & side effects along with your physician
- Strength training
- Balance training
- Flexibility exercises
- Visual exercises
- Functional exercises
- Weight-bearing exercises
- Sleep hygiene
- Risk reduction/modification education
- A personalized home program
Everyone is different so treatment programs will vary. The best thing you can do is contact our office and schedule an initial evaluation for balance treatment & our fall prevention program. In most cases, insurance will cover it.
Physical Therapists are experts in the art and science of the evaluation and treatment of human movement and balance dysfunctions. We care for a variety of muscle, joint, and nervous system disorders that can affect your balance.
Don’t ignore the Facts:
- One of every three persons age 65 and older falls each year.
- Falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in those over the age of 85.
- In 2005, 15,800 people 65 and older died from injuries related to unintentional falls.
- About 1.8 million people 65 and older were treated in ERs for injuries sustained from falls (CDC 2008).
Risk factors associated with falls:
- Older Age
- Vision Problems
- Muscle Weakness
- Medications (being on 4 or more)
- A History of Falls
- Medical Conditions (such as diabetes, arthritis, stroke, walking problems, fear of falling)
Your Physical Therapist will assess:
- Your Fall Risk
- Your Strength
- Your Balance
- Your Medical History
* Cited from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008 www.cdc.gov.