Falls are among the leading cause of injury and death in the United States, particularly among older adults. Every year, one in three adults over the age of 65 will fall, of which, 30% will sustain a moderate to severe injury that requires costly medical intervention and/or hospitalization. Individuals with a history of falling oftentimes develop a fear of falling again, which could increase their risk of future falls and decrease their mobility and activity, leading to a decline in fitness level and a decrease in overall quality of life.
The Falls Prevention program is for individuals age 65 or over and/or have concerns about falling. The program is individualized to address each person’s unique needs with the goal of decreasing risk of falling, maximize safety, and increase one’s ability to living independently.
We Treat the Following Diagnoses & Conditions:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Traumatic brain injury
- Post-concussion disorder
- History of falling
Our physical therapists work one-on-one to improve balance and increase strength and endurance. They use various balance assessments, include the SMART Balance Master*, which is a treatment and assessment system that uses interactive computer technology to guide and prompt patients throughout evaluation and treatment. Individualized treatment plans may include:
- Balance training exercises
- Strength training
- Visual training
- Activities of daily functional retraining
- Ambulation and elevation training
- Vestibular exercises
* South Main Street Campus only
White Mountain Medical Center
2531 White Mountain Highway
Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Fridays: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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A provider referral for physical therapy is required. The referral needs to include the diagnosis and specify Fall Prevention Program with PT services. The referral can be faxed to Rehabilitation Services at (603) 330-8949.