Balance & Fall Prevention

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Balance & Fall Prevention

While falls are not a normal part of aging, falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States with 75% happening in older adults.Tidewater Physical Therapy keeps patients on their feet.

Older adults are at greater risk of falling when they lose strength and flexibility or develop balance, vision or hearing problems. Compounding that risk: taking multiple medications, inactivity, blood pressure problems and the fear of falling.

Physical therapy and vestibular rehabilitation can improve the quality of life for individuals with chronic diseases including Multiple sclerosis, Ménière’s disease, Parkinson’s, and stroke.  Neurological disease or dysfunction can also contribute to an individual’s risk for fall.

We help prevent falls with therapies designed to improve strength, flexibility and balance as well as as needed education and assistive devices. Patients leave our program with individualized exercise routines designed to improve balance and with renewed confidence in their own self-sufficiency.

Did you know that dizziness is the second most common complaint heard by primary care physicians? When dizziness or balance problems develop, they can have a profound disruption in a patient’s daily life. These symptoms can, at times, be the limiting factor for mobility, keeping individuals from freely and safely walking around their homes, workplace, and school, or going out into the community. These complex symptoms involve the inner ear and vision, as well as various muscles, and joints of the feet and ankles.

Know the Facts

In most cases, balance disorders are rarely the result of a single-disease, but rather multiple factors.

• Dizziness alone accounts for 11.3 million physician visits per year more visits than for back pain and headaches in patients over 65.
• The NIH estimates 40% of the population over the age of 40 will experience a dizziness disorder during their lifetime.
• A majority of individuals over 70 years of age report problems of dizziness and imbalance, and balance related falls account for more than one-half of the accidental deaths in the elderly.
• According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, over 90 million Americans, age 17 and older, have experienced a dizziness or balance problem.
• More than 450,000 head injuries occur each year, most often in young people aged 15 to 25.
• With nearly 390,000 hip and knee replacements each year, many joint replacement patients, although pain free, demonstrate significant musculoskeletal impairment and functional limitation one year post-surgery.

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