Achieving Stability through Balance Training

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

For many seniors, the ability to prevent falls can help ensure their independence. According to the CDC, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the U. S. and 20-30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. The good news is you can reduce your risk and prevent falls through balance training with the help of your physical therapist.

There are many factors that contribute to decreased balance, but one key factor is inactivity. Other factors like muscle weakness, vision problems, and many medical conditions can also play a part. Physical Therapy is an excellent answer if you have suffered a recent fall, loss of balance, or are simply concerned about your risk of falling.

At Mid America Rehab, we conduct a thorough screening, which includes measuring leg strength, determining your ability to walk and your steadiness, and assessing your balance through special tests. Based on your evaluation, we will design individual exercises and balance training that can often be done at home. These activities may include strength training, aerobic training, and education on how to stay active along with everyday ways to help prevent a dangerous fall. Call Mid America Rehab today and schedule your appointment for a FREE fall risk assessment screening.