Fall Prevention Program

Falls are among the leading causes of injury and death in the United States, particularly among older adults. Every year, one in three adults over the age of 65 falls, and 30% sustain a moderate to severe injury, including contusions, fractures or head trauma that require costly medical intervention and/or hospitalization. In addition, many people develop a fear of falling, which may actually increase their risk of future falls and lead to a decrease in mobility and activity levels, a decline in fitness and a decrease in overall quality of life. 
 
The good news is that falls are preventable. Research has shown that multidisciplinary intervention programs, like National Dizzy and Balance Centers Fall Prevention Program, are effective in reducing falls among older adults. Our innovative program, designed to help in the prevention of falls, draws on the expertise and experience of an multidisciplinary team of; physicians, audiologists, and specialized physical therapists. The NDBC team provides each patient with a comprehensive evaluation to determine fall risk and develops an individualized treatment plan to best meet his or her rehabilitation needs and goals.
 
Like our Dizziness/Balance program, evaluations generally include; Physician exam, Audiology balance lab testing, and a Physical Therapy evaluation that includes Computerized Dynamic Posturography testing to objectively measure fall risks. 
 
Some additional techniques may include:
 
  • Balance training activities
  • Strength training
  • Visual training
  • ADL functional retraining
  • Ambulation and elevation training
  • Vestibular exercises
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Cognitive and behavioral strategies
  • Pharmacology consultation 
Patient education through community programs, support groups, print and online resources
Discussion and referral for home safety evaluations and modifications
Referral for additional therapies, such as nutritional counseling, speech therapies, or vision check-ups