Fall Prevention Franklin & Nashville, Tennessee

Fall Prevention

During the next 17 SECONDS, an older adult will be treated in a Hospital ER for injuries sustained from a fall. In the next 30 MINUTES, an older adult will die from injuries sustained in a fall. In the US, falls are the leading cause of death among adults 65 and older.

In 2010, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released the following statistics:

  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries.
  • 1 out of 3 older adults fall each year.
  • Less than half of those that fall ever talk to their healthcare providers about it.
  • +95% of hip fractures are caused by falls.
  • +97% of wrist fractures are caused by falls.
  • In 2010, almost 22,000 adults died from fall-related injuries
  • In 2010, the direct medical cost of falls, adjusted for inflation, was $30 Billion.

Statistical evidence clearly demonstrates that the following actions reduce the risk of falling:

  • Being screened by a medical professional
  • Performing weight bearing & balance exercises
  • Getting adequate calcium & vitamin D

At Performance Therapy Institute, our physical therapist offer a comprehensive fall prevention program. We start with a complete balance/fall prevention screening where we utilize standardized tests to clearly objectify balance performance.

Our physical therapist evaluate the three major systems used in balance: vision, inner ear, and neurological feedback from feet. Through evaluation, our physical therapist can identify deficits in these systems & provide individualized programs to minimize fall risk.

In addition to weight-bearing & balance exercises, our programs include client education on common causes of falls, best practices for fall prevention, home-place modifications to limit fall risk, and assistive devices used when appropriate. We use cutting edge technology such as the Solo Step for our fall prevention rehab.

Contact us at Franklin & Nashville, Tennessee centers for a consult to learn more about how our fall prevention program can help you stay on your feet.