Addressing Falls with Physical Therapy

Sep 22, 2021 | Falls

Physical therapy can help older clients retain their independence and stay in their own homes for longer.  Many seniors begin to face physical limitations like weakness or joint pain, or they manage a long-term illness, or feel tired or fearful of falling.  All of these can contribute to a decrease in activity levels, which in turn worsen their limitations, which increases their risk of falling. 

Falls – either actual falls or the fear of falling – are a major reason seniors require physical therapy.

As people age, they tend to lose flexibility, strength, and often their balance.  Maintaining their desired level of fitness becomes increasingly challenging.  Loss of these functions could lead to a fall that could cause serious injury.   Physical therapy helps improve these functions. The goal of physical therapy is to help restore and improve functionality, reduce pain, and increase mobility for better strength and balance.

In my at-home physical therapy practice, I always assess my client’s strength, joint range of motion, balance, and fall risk.  We then set up a program to address any deficits.  We start out slowly and work on strengthening and building confidence first, and then begin challenging balance more to improve balance, safety, and independence.  I see this make a difference every day in my clients’ abilities to stay home and walk with confidence.