Did you know that one in four elderly Americans falls every year? This makes falls the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+.
Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active or carry out daily activities.
Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce their ability to remain independent.
The good news about falling is that it’s preventable! The key is to know where to look.
Falls aren’t something that just happens due to age, there are proven ways to reduce your risk of falling.
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Have you had a fall or near fall in the past year?
Do you have a fear of falling that restricts your activity?
Do you experience dizziness or a sensation of spinning when you lie down, tilt your head back, or roll over in bed?
Do you feel uneasy or unsteady when walking down the aisle of a supermarket or in an area congested with other people?
Do your feet or toes frequently feel unusually hot or cold, numb or tingly?
Do you wear bifocal or trifocal glasses, or is your vision notably better in one eye?
Do you experience loss of balance, or a lightheaded/faint feeling when you stand up?
Do you take medication for depression, anxiety, nerves, sleep or pain?
Do you take four or more prescription medications daily?
Do you feel like your feet just won’t go where you them to go?
Do you feel like you can’t walk a straight line, or are pulled to the side while walking?
Do you feel that no one really understands how much dizziness and balance problems affect your quality of life?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions you could have a problem with your balance. Prevent falls before the happen.
Our comprehensive Fall Prevention Program begins with an individualized assessment, by a physical therapist, of your gait, balance, posture, and muscle strength. We identify your specific risk factors and create a completely individualized program to help you regain your balance and decrease the possibility of fall-related injuries.
Your individual fall assessment will include:
- Gait analysis to determine your overall velocity and step length, arm swinging and pelvic rotation, and your ambulation patterns (“a flat foot approach”). This gives us more information about your walking pattern.
- Testing muscle strength of both lower extremities.
- Biodex Balance Assessment to determine your ability to remain upright.
- Posture analysis and correction.
Following your assessment, we will create an individually tailored treatment program, using gait-training exercises, balance training modules on the Biodex machine, and unique work-out programs designed to help you build strength, maintain independence, and most importantly, reduce your risk of falls!