Fall Prevention

Our balance and dizziness program is second to none. James Collins, PT CSCS has over 13 years experience with this patient population. He has been accredited by the Vestibular Disorders Association and has successfully completed the Vestibular Competency Course. James has conducted several educational courses for other therapists and has developed programs for various facilities.

We are proud to announce that our program has allowed hundreds of individuals to safely return to an active and independent lifestyle.

The fear of falling can be as debilitating as a fall.  Becoming inactive secondary to fear can lead to:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor coordination
  • Depression

Each of these conditions increases the risk of a fall.

The brain receives input from the eyes, the vestibular system, and sensors in the joints.  This input is instantly interpreted by the brain, and the muscles move appropriately to prevent a fall. If one system gives the brain inaccurate information, then the brain must pause, and determine which signals are accurate. As we age, these  senses or the brain itself can become impaired.

Helpful Hints:

  1. Remove all throw rugs
  2. Use night lights
  3. Stay active
  4. Use medications as directed
  5. Use rail on stairs
  6. Wear supportive shoes
  7. Have a home safety evaluation performed by a licensed therapist