Balance Training & Fall Prevention

Balance Training & Fall Prevention

Preventing falls, inside the home and beyond

At Excel Physical Therapy, we are committed to caring for patients throughout every stage of their life. More than one in three Americans ages 65 and older fall each and every year, with 20-30 percent suffering moderate or severe injuries. In fact, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.

While you may think of physical therapy as rehabilitation-focused, physical therapists also play a key role in preventing injuries before they happen. For older individuals looking to maintain an active, injury-free lifestyle, balance and stability are crucial. Physical therapists can help to improve physical capabilities, while also advising patients on how to eliminate hazards from their home environment.

PHYSICAL THERAPY HELPS IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE AND STRENGTH

By helping to improving your balance, increase strength, and build up your endurance, physical therapy can play a crucial role in preventing falls. A licensed physical therapist can:

  • Assess and improve your ability to balance while moving, sitting, or standing still
  • Build strength in muscles that are essential to mobility
  • Learn how to walk appropriately with a cane or walker and make sure the device is adjusted correctly
  • Improve endurance to prevent fatigue while walking

LEARN HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AT HOME

Not only can a physical therapist help improve your physical capabilities to prevent falls, they can also provide valuable education regarding how you can make your home environment as safe as possible. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:

Floors

  • Move furniture for a clear walking path
  • Remove rugs or secure them with a non-slip backing
  • Keep things off the floor
  • Tape cords and wires next to wall so you don’t trip over them

Stairs and Steps

  • Always keep objects off the stairs
  • Have someone fix loose, uneven steps
  • Have an electrician put lights and light switches at top and bottom of stairs
  • Make sure the carpet is firmly attached to each step
  • Make sure handrails are on both sides and secure

Kitchen and Bathroom

  • Keep things you use often on lower shelves
  • If using a step stool, use one with a bar to hold on to
  • Put a non-slip mat on tub floor
  • Put handrails next to toilet and in shower
  • Put night light where you walk after dark

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