Know someone who is falling a little more than they should?
Our Balance & Fall Prevention Program could be the answer!
Frequent falling can be a symptom of many different issues. Our physical therapists can evaluate your condition and recommend the correct course of action.
If you suffer from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), other forms of vertigo, or the sensation that the world is spinning, you may benefit from evaluation and treatment by a Physical Therapist who specializes in Vestibular Rehabilitation. Your treatment may include specific techniques and exercises to restore proper inner ear function, balance exercises and gait training. Because your Physical Therapist has received advanced training in treating vestibular conditions, you can be confident that your treatment plan will be designed to meet your unique needs and exercise tolerance.
The Fall Prevention program at OPT
The OPT Fall Prevention program is a service offered all six OPT clinics that provides comprehensive fall risk assessment and treatment for patients who have fallen or who are at risk for falling. Falls are not a normal part of aging. Falls can get more serious over time, but the risks can be reduced by working on all the possible causes. We should be able to help you to avoid falls.
Our Fall Prevention Program can help you prevent falls by helping improve your physical condition to be as fit as possible, and also learn how to compensate for conditions that cannot be improved. We can help you reduce risks at home by using a home safety check-list.
During your first visit:
- You will have an initial assessment with a licensed physical therapist where we will discuss previous falls and will try to determine what might be causing them.
- We will take your medical history and conduct a physical exam.
- We will assess your gait, balance, range of motion, strength, sensation, vision, cognitive ability and medication use.
- We will also ask about your home environment, your fear of falling, and whether you have dizziness or vertigo.
- We will evaluate all your information and make recommendations for treatment, if needed.
Could it be an inner ear issue?
We have PTs with advanced training in vestibular issues!
There is a specialized branch of physical therapy that deals with dizziness and vertigo called vestibular rehabilitation. The therapists who specialize in providing treatments in this area go through additional education after graduating from physical therapy school. Our therapists will perform an extensive evaluation process including talking with you about your dizziness and finding out what makes it better or worse. Frequently, there is a cause for your vertigo (dizziness) that can be resolved in 1-2 therapy sessions. Other causes of vertigo may require several weeks of physical therapy and performance of your home exercise program to resolve.