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Balance-and-Fall Therapy–a boon for Elderly

Rupangi Patel PT, Co-founder/CEO of Physical Therapy Solutions Group, is a physical therapist with more than 31 years of experience gleaned over two continents.

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CHICAGO, IL — Fear of falling, to some degree, has been reported to occur in 12% to 65% of older adults who live independently in the community and do not have a history of falling.

Among Americans aged 65 and older, fall-related injuries are the leading cause of death due to unintentional injuries, highlighting the importance of fall prevention as part of a safety program. One in three adults aged 65 and older falls each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury, trauma-related hospital admissions and death due to injury.

Many older adults and their families do not understand the factors that put them at risk for a fall and are unaware of how to reduce this risk. Individualized multi-dimensional exercise programs yield significant improvements in balance measure, mobility measures, and decreased fall risk. An effective fall prevention program has been shown to reduce fall risks through a combination of exercise and risk education.

Those who can benefit from this program are individuals concerned with falling, those that have experienced falls in the past, those who are physically inactive, those with muscle weakness and limited mobility, those who have difficulty walking, getting up from a chair or remaining steady on their feet, those who complain of dizziness or light-headedness and individuals with problems with the senses, such as vision or numbness in their feet.

The fall prevention program can treat conditions like benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, chronic vestibulopathy, disequilibrium of aging, bilateral vestibular weakness from ototoxicity, vertigo of unknown etiology, Meniere’s disease, motion intolerance, post-surgical acoustic neuroma, cervical vertigo, peripheral neuropathy, various neurological disorders resulting in balance/dizziness problems and history of falls.

If you have fallen in the last 6 months, if you have difficulty transitioning from sit to stand, if you have difficulty walking on uneven surfaces, if you have difficulty walking up or down steps, if you feel unsteady, weak or dizzy, then Physical Therapy may help to address these issues and improve your safety and quality of life.

But, here’s the good news: Falls are preventable. Falling is not an inevitable result of aging, and there are steps you can take to improve your balance and decrease your chances of falling. Muscle strength and flexibility, which are an imperative part of maintaining good balance, decrease with age, especially for sedentary adults, but these can be partially restored with the right physical therapy program.

Physical Therapy Solutions is the only facility in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with a comprehensive balance and fall risk program along with a strengthening program.

Rupangi Patel PT, Co-founder/CEO of Physical Therapy Solutions Group, is a physical therapist with more than 31 years of experience gleaned over two continents. She has been serving the Northwest suburban area since 1990 and she opened her own clinic in 2005.

She and her team of eight therapists have helped thousands of patients get back to enjoying their daily living. In order to schedule a complimentary consultation, one may call Physical Therapy Solutions on 847-240-2000.