River North, Illinois, 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.
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.
Most people fall due to a combination of unique factors, which is why a generalized fall prevention plan is a useful tool for older adults. Typically, falls are due to health-based risks, environmental risks, or specific triggers; they can also be caused by more than one factor.
Health-based risks include balance disorders, weakness, chronic illness, or poor vision. Environmental risks can include home hazards such as furniture or loose rugs, outdoor hazards like ice, or improper footwear. Specific triggers may include events such as a push or pull, or low blood pressure or blood sugar.
The most common causes of falls include:
Source: Better Health While Aging
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.Source: MoveForwardPT