3939 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI 02813

Phone: 401-364-2020    Fax: 401-364-2030

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:

  • History of falling
  • Taking 4 or more medications
  • Low blood pressure or low blood sugar
  • 80 years old or older
  • Vision problems (cataracts, macular degeneration, wearing bifocals)
  • Many more!

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.

Balance training and fall prevention

Therapeutic Exercise

  • This includes stretching and strengthening activities specific to the issue at hand to restore movement appropriately, correct muscle imbalance and relieve pressure on joints and tissue.


Therapeutic Activities

  • Therapeutic activities may include standing on different surfaces for better balance, improving your technique for getting in and out of bed, shower or chair and other movements to help you improve what you need to do every day.


Therapeutic Modalities

  • Ultrasound  (Phonophoresis, if your physican prescribes a medication for you)
  • Electrical Stimulation (can be used in conjunction with Integrative Dry Needling for deeper specific stimulation)
  • Cervical Mechanical Traction
  • Cryotherapy (cold packs)


Manual Therapy

Physical Therapy Treatment Options

Each Physical Therapy program  begins with a thorough evaluation with a licensed Physical Therapist. The evaluation includes:

  • Medical history
  • Injury or illness history
  • Activity level now and prior to injury
  • Personal goals
  • Physical tests and measures

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!).

Physical Therapy Evaluation

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