Everyone can improve their balance with a little practice!
Discuss with your physician if you believe that you are at risk for falling. Some risk factors include:
If your physician agrees, ask for a referral to Charlestown Physical Therapy and Health Services LLC to participate in a balance training and fall prevention program.
What does the program consist of?
The program is designed to be completed in 8 visits (twice a week) over a 30 day period.
Visit 1: This visit begins with a comprehensive evaluation that includes history, physical tests and measures of your mobility and strength and one or more standardized test to measure balance. Based upon those results your risk for falling will be determined.
Visits 2-7: These visits consist of in-office balance, strength and flexibility training based on the needs found in visit 1. You will receive a home program that complements the in-office training. It is expected that you will complete the home program as prescribed for maximal results. Balance isn't something that improves overnight and your diligence is required!
Visit 8: At this final visit some of the initial tests and measures will be repeated to determine your progress and your continued needs. Your home program will be modified for you to continue with independently and safely.
Each Physical Therapy program begins with a thorough evaluation with a licensed Physical Therapist. The evaluation includes:
The evaluation is used to determine not only the current state of your symptoms but to find the underlying cause of the issue to develop a plan of care for recovery. We take great pride in determining the underlying cause of the symptoms to not only treat the symptoms but correct the cause so the symptoms never return. Reoccurring symptoms is a sign of mismanagement.
There are several forms that you will need to fill out specifically for the first visit and evaluation. Feel free to click on each below and fill them out before coming to your first appointment or you can fill them out when you arrive (bring glasses if you need them!).
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