What is fall prevention?
Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Age-associated physical changes and deteriorating health can make elderly individuals more susceptible to falls. For this reason, and because elderly individuals are more likely to sustain injuries as a result of a fall, it’s particularly important, for many older adults, to have a fall prevention plan in place.
Removing home hazards, utilizing assistive devices, and making changes to one’s lifestyle are commonly employed methods by which to reduce one’s susceptibility to falls. Physical therapy represents a secondary (and often highly effective) strategy. Exercises designed to improve balance, flexibility, muscle strength, and gait can all help prevent falls.
Physical therapy for fall prevention
In the case of falls, prevention is the best medicine. That’s why working with a physical therapist can be a highly effective option for older patients who may be at elevated risk. A physical therapist will begin with a screening of your fall risk, which will include a review of your medical history, medications, and living situation.
Based on this evaluation, a physical therapist can create an exercise plan that will combine balance training and strength training with practical methods of fall prevention like wearing the proper footwear, adjusting your daily tasks, and removing risk factors from the home.
Luna’s physical therapists
are experts in fall prevention
Luna employs a team of highly-experienced physical therapists that specialize in preventing falls. Our PTs can work with you to improve your balance, boost your strength, and to help you feel more confident in your ability to walk safely.
The best part? With Luna, patients can receive physical therapy for fall prevention right in the comfort of the home (and on their own time). No trekking to and from clinics — Luna’s physical therapists will come to you.