Balance and Fall Prevention
The incidence of falls increases with age. Several factors can contribute to falls in older adults, including decreased agility, visual impairments, orthopedic problems, and certain medications that may affect balance.
Dizziness and disequilibrium are second only to lower back pain as the most common reasons Americans visit the doctor. Even moderate dizziness can affect mobility, activity levels and overall quality of life. The Balance and Fall Prevention Program at In Motion Physical Therapy teaches seniors how to prevent a fall, identify risk factors in the home, and the importance of daily physical activity in improving strength, balance, and the quality of life.
- Physical Evaluation – This includes an evaluation of the musculoskeletal system, including strength, range
of motion and sensation; a vestibular assessment, including eye-head coordination and positional or movement sensitivity; a visual motor assessment; and a balance and gait evaluation.
- Specialized Testing Utilizing SMART Balance Master® – (available at Harbour View, DePaul, and Mary Immaculate physical therapy locations only)
- Assessment of Risk Factors Associated with Falls – Including the development of an individualized exercise program and education for patients and families.
- Home Fall Risk Assessment – With the identification of need for assistive device (cane, walker, etc.) and training for device.
- Fall Prevention Techniques
- For Peripheral Neuropathy – Treatment may include Anodyne® Therapy at a physician’s request (at Portsmouth Boulevard and Healthy Way locations only).
For more information on improving independence and reducing the risk of falls, contact one of our In Motion Physical Therapy Clinics below.