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September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month #FightTheFall
It's no secret that the Boomer's are aging out. In general, we live a much more active life longer than generations that came before us. And that means that we most definitely need to take fall prevention seriously. Healthcare in the United States is volitie, and as services/reimbursements become more limited taking a proactive approach, rahter than a reacitve approach is definitey the prudent thing to do.
- One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury
- Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
- Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
- Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
- More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
- Falls are preventable.
A little known fact is that every year Medicare has a set value of Physical Therapy (PT) dollars that you have. Use them or not, they are there. Take the time to invest in your health and independance, before the fall happens.
To learn more visit: https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html
How can Vestibular Physical Therapy Help with Parkinson's Disease?
Get moving EARLY and take control! Parkinson’s does not affect everyone the same way and it is important to find the right plan that works for your individual needs. A physical therapist, trained in the treatment of people with movement disorders, can help listen to you and teach you the skills required to overcome and even prevent physical and cognitive barriers. Even if you are not experiencing many symptoms, you will benefit from an exercise program that will help minimize loss of function and mobility in the future. You will also develop long term exercise habits to help with change in the future.
What should you expect from an evaluation with a physical therapist?
It is important to seek out a physical therapist that has experience working with people who have Parkinson’s. Together you will review your medical history and medications. A physical therapist can also perform movement screens that may expose early signs or symptoms that you may or may not be aware of. Testing will include an assessment of range of motion, strength, balance, coordination, posture, walking, and endurance. Next you will work together to set up goals that fit your specific needs to improve or maintain function.
You want to learn more about how physical therapy can help with Parkinson's Disease?
Call and speak with me! I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have.
What do I need to do before getting evaluated by a physical therapist for Parkinson's Disease therapy?
Speak with your neurologist, movement disorder specialist, or primary care physician about a referral for physical therapy. Or if you need help with the process, call a physical therapist and ask for advice on how to speak with your doctor.
There is a good chance you are familiar with the recommendation of physical therapy for the treatment of various orthopedic conditions. For example, maybe you or a family member has been treated for back pain, a shoulder injury, or knee osteoarthritis. But what about physical therapy for dizziness? And how can a physical therapist help with this condition? This is where vestibular rehabilitation therapy comes in.
First of all, what is the vestibular system?
The vestibular system is one of three sensory systems within your body. It is located within your inner ear and includes three semicircular canals and two otolith organs (utricle and saccule). The vestibular system provides information about motion, equilibrium, and spatial orientation.
What exactly is vestibular rehabilitation therapy?
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is an exercise based treatment program that incorporates head, eye, and body movements in order to decrease dizziness, improve gaze stability, maximize postural control, and improve balance. The best way to understand vestibular rehabilitation therapy is to break down the treatment interventions into four separate categories. I will give a brief overview of each category and how these treatments can manage various types of dizziness.