Balance and Fall Prevention

Screenings & Prevention Programs

Falls can happen to anyone, but they tend to happen with more frequency as we age. Falls are among the leading causes of injury for Americans over the age of 65. One in four older adults fall annually. A vast majority of hip fractures occur as a result of a fall. MOST wants to help keep you safe and offers services designed to prevent falls before they happen.

Balance and fall prevention

Causes of Falls

There are a variety of factors that can lead to falls, several of which are related to your strength and flexibility. Some of the common causes for falls include:

  • Walking problems
  • Balance disorders
  • Muscle weakness
  • Decreased flexibility
  • Reactions to medication
  • Vestibular disorders
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Vision problems
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Not using an assistive device or using an assistive device incorrectly

MOST’s Fall Prevention Programs

MOST uses a two-pronged approach to help prevent you from falling. The first step is our balance screening program, which is available to anyone. Using a computer software program, your balance will be tested. This test along with other assessments will help your physical therapist determine your risk of falling.

If your balance is a problem, we may recommend you take part in the MOST Fall Prevention Program. This six-week program consists of three therapy sessions per week, and begins with our computerized balance test.

Throughout the six weeks, you will do exercises designed to improve functional strength, flexibility and balance. On top of that, you will be given exercises to do at home to continue your progress. At the end of the six weeks, you will take the computerized balance test again to see the improvement you’ve made.

Reduce Your Risk for Falls

MOST wants to help keep you safe and prevent you from sustaining an injury. Contact us to learn more about our balance screenings and Fall Prevention Program.