Tidewater Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that it now offers a Complimentary Fall Prevention Screenings at its First Colonial clinic in Virginia Beach. The screening brings this proactive assessment to adults to help decrease falls, dizziness and improve overall function, activity level and confidence.
The screenings also underscore Tidewater Physical Therapy’s dedication to clinical excellence, providing a preventative approach to help reduce falling, which is one of the top risks of injuries older adults face.
“People who benefit from this service are those with poor balance or who have a history of falls, or even have a fear of falling,” said Paul Reed, PT, DPT, the Clinical Director of the First Colonial location. “This especially benefits people who have dizziness, Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes, arthritis or who have had a stroke.”
The 10 to 15-minute complimentary screenings help determine a patient’s risk factor for fall or balance issues
Reed said he also provides education and makes recommendations for how to prevent falling in the future. Those recommendations can range from a home exercise plan, suggestion to meet with a specialty physician or continued in-clinic physical therapy.
So far, Reed said, he has found that many people do become physical therapy patients to help manage and gain control of symptoms that could lead to falls and injury. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in 2013, 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 734,000 of these patients were hospitalized. Direct medical costs of those falls, adjusted for inflation, were $34 billion.
“What we’re really trying to do is be proactive instead of reactive,” Reed said. No one wants to be a statistic.
If it’s determined that a patient needs physical therapy, Reed said the clinical team will then conduct a thorough evaluation that includes an extensive interview regarding symptoms, complaints and functional limitations, while also looking at their strength and how their bodies move.
That evaluation is a key component to effective treatment, he said.
“Tidewater has made a commitment to our community,” Reed said. “This screening gives people the opportunity to talk to a therapist at no cost. This way we can give people an idea how we can help.”
To make an appointment for a complimentary balance and fall screening, call the First Colonial location at 757.961.4800.
The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
First Colonial is located at 1745 Camelot Drive, Suite 100 in Virginia Beach, Va. The practice offers comprehensive outpatient physical therapy services as well as specialized balance and vestibular rehabilitation services. Also included at the First Colonial clinic is a state of the art aquatic therapy pool, featuring an underwater treadmill, therapeutic water jets and private changing rooms with showers.
Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy allowing them to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription. As part of a healthcare team, a physical therapist will make an assessment of a patient’s condition and create a plan to start on the road to wellness. The Tidewater Physical Therapy team will communicate with a patient’s physician or dentist of record and obtain a referral, if necessary, for continued treatment. Tidewater Physical Therapy will also work with insurance carriers to make sure services are covered by a patient’s insurance.