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Physical Therapy Improves Balance & Prevents Falls

Research has shown that approximately 1/3 of all adults over the age of 65 suffer from at least one fall annually, the prevalence increases to 50 percent in adults over the age of 80. Falls are not only an inconvenience, but have also contributed in a major way to health care costs and disability in the older adults. Studies have shown that 20 percent of falls require some sort of medical attention. Furthermore, up to 10 percent of people who suffer from a fall sustain major injury such as major contusion/laceration, head trauma and disabling fractures. Fractures are a greater risk for patients with osteoporosis. You may also be surprised to find out that complications from falls are the leading cause of death from injury in adults over the age of 65.

There are multiple reasons why people fall and they include prior history of falls, visual deficits, gait abnormality, lower extremity weakness, arthritis, balance deficits and environmental hazards. As we age balance regresses, joints become more arthritic, flexibility decreases and reaction time slows down. However, balance impairments can be improved and the risk for falls can be reduced, with practice.

Medical studies show effectiveness of physical therapy interventions in treatment of balance dysfunction and therefore decreasing the risk for falls. Exercise programs may target strength, balance, flexibility or endurance. Programs that contain two or more of these components reduce rate of falls and number of people falling.

A skilled physical therapist is capable of accurately diagnosing balance dysfunction and risk for falls by a comprehensive evaluation including history taking, physical examination, as well as functional/balance tests. Physical therapy treatment should be patient specific and based on needs established during initial evaluation. Most often it will consist of a combination of balance activities, functional training, strengthening and stabilization exercises, as well as environmental awareness/modification training with the patient.

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Congratulations to Melissa Anderson, PT & team Seven Hills

Congratulations to Melissa Anderson and Team Seven Hills for receiving this compliment from one of your patients. Thank you for being such great examples of our company standards!

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“I had been having a stiff neck for a long time. After consulting with our neurologist, she suggested I go to physical therapy. She said there are various places in the area, but so often it comes down to personal preferences. Since we have used Angie’s List several times for finding other services (and have been extremely pleased), I read the reviews of Matt Smith’s office and felt this would be a good choice. They have various locations in the valley, but I chose one closest to my home – Near 7 Hills and St. Rose in Henderson. Melissa Anderson was my therapist and she was incredible from the beginning.

Melissa Anderson took a lot of time evaluating me and asking questions. (There are several physical therapists in that office – and from my observation, they all seem very competent)….I happened to be assigned to Melissa. It is busy office (can get noisy at times), but all the staff are working and monitoring you. After showing me the exercises that I need to do on my own, as well as in the office, they work through some of the equipment with you. The one thing that impressed me the most was what a clean environment they are working with and how they maintain that level of cleanliness. It is a very friendly office – all types of physical therapy issues are being addressed from (primarily) teenagers and “on up” in age. You get to know all of the staff (and they get to know you on a first name basis). Melissa (as the physical therapist) did the hands on work (massaging my neck)….and working it to stretch. I know I have made tremendous progress and would not hesitate to go to their facility for physical therapy in the future.
As I mentioned, this is a friendly office….there are a lot of patients going in and out. Sometimes, it can get a bit noisy, but it is a “fun” atmosphere. Going through physical therapy is not fun…..but they make it as pleasant as possible. Highly recommend this facility.”

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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Clinic Reviews


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