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Fall Risk Prevention

Updated: Apr 3

The percentage of annual falls of those 65 or older living in their residential home is approximately 25 to 35%. Falls are the 6th leading cause of death in those older than 65 and 1st for those older than 80.


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Physical and Occupational therapists have two primary responsibilities for helping to prevent falls for their patients:


  1. Identify Risk Factors (perform specialized testing)

  2. Address Risk Factors (provide skilled treatment)


Below are some examples of potential risk factors and possible treatment options that your therapist may provide to help decrease the risk for falls.


Lower body weakness: Strength training specific to large and small muscle groups in the legs and core. Foot/ankle stabilization training


Difficulty with balance: Resistance Training, specialized balance training, gait and agility training, Core Strengthening


Dizziness/Vestibular changes: Assess for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, Static and Dynamic balance training


Positioning problems when seated and/or W/C modifications: PT/OT will work with a w/c provider to make sure you have the most appropriate w/c.


Decline in memory or ability to problem solve: Safety awareness education, cognitive training, environmental adaptations & modifications


Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy services play an impactful role in helping to reduce the risk for falls.


Pain Management


Pain is a common problem for adults 65 and older. Pain is often under treated. Persistent pain has been associated with functional impairment, falls, slow rehabilitation, depression, anxiety, decreased socialization, sleep disturbance, as well as increased healthcare utilization and costs.


We recognize that pain is a feeling that is unique for each individual person. Our goal is to identify the root cause and design a treatment plan geared towards the elimination of the pain. A variety of treatment options will be considered.


Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy services is a non-pharmacological option to pain management that has been proven to work.


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