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Balance and Fall Prevention

Statistics show that about 35% of people over age 65 ex perience one or more falls per year.

FALLS REPRESENT THE LEADING CAUSE OF FATAL AND NON-FATAL INJURIES AMONG OLDER ADULTS AND ACTIVE YOUTH. The cause of these preventable falls can range from sports, lower extremity strength and flexibility limitations, to vertigo, dizziness, and vision limitations. Falls may result in injuries as little as bumps and bruises to something more serious such as fractures in the hand, wrist, arm, spine, or the head, and even mild head trauma that can include concussion.

Those who have fallen many times become afraid of falling again and therefore, move more cautiously and become less active or mobile. This can lead to a loss in strength, flexibility, reaction time, and balance. This ongoing cycle can perpetuate itself and cause a loss of personal independence.

The good news is that falls can be prevented and in our state of the art facilities our Physical Therapists at The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine can help. Our Therapists not only treat those recovering from falls, but also screen for those at risk, and provide therapist to help prevent futures accidents.

Care is begun by assessing the various body systems that contribute to the maintainingbalance. Then our therapists provide patients with clinical therapeutic exercises and individualized home exercise programs. For scholastic athletes, this would include coordinating return to sports guidelines with your Licensed / Certified Athletic Trainer. Since support is a necessary part of recovery and management, our therapists also work to educate your family and friends on how they can be a part of the rehabilitations process.

The rehabilitation process can at times seem overwhelming. Support is an important part of recovery and management. Before the completion of your program, our therapists will ensure that all patient and family concerns have been discussed. They will also review steps that can be taken at home to ensure a safe location for patients to return. Depending upon your home needs and your insurance, a home safety assessment can be scheduled through the Neighborhood Health in West Chester.

A physician's prescription is necessary for treatment.

Fern Hill
Medical Campus
Medical Building at
New Garden
Exton Medical and
Diagnostic Building
915 Old Fern Hill Rd
Building A: Suite 4
West Chester, PA 19380
830 West Cypress Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348
700 West Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA 19341

Last Updated: 6/30/2014