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Fall Prevention Tips for Older Adults

fall prevention tipsFalling is a serious problem among our senior population. One in three adults over 65 falls each year, resulting in more than 700,000 hospitalizations due to associated injuries, from hip fractures to brain trauma. But falling is not inevitable: There many things seniors can do to lower their risk of falling, from addressing health issues to implementing safety measures at home.

Vestibular Patients: Beware of Allergy Season

vestibular patients and allergy seasonAfter a long, hard winter, spring is a welcome change, but with trees budding and grass pollens at a high level, allergy sufferers are on red alert. Patients who also have had vestibular issues, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), may be more prone to develop symptoms (i.e. dizziness and vertigo) during allergy season.

A Win for Medicare Beneficiaries: Maintenance Therapy Cannot Be Denied

Physical TherapyIt’s not a secret that skilled therapy, under the guidance of a licensed therapist, is helpful to maintain function, increase strength and prevent regression/deterioration. Yet for decades, Medicare beneficiaries have been denied care based upon their condition being deemed “unlikely to improve.”

Don’t Let an Ankle Sprain Keep You Down

Imagine you’re taking a leisurely stroll down the sidewalk, but you don’t notice that the sidewalk is uneven. As you set your foot down to take another step, you begin to lose your balance.

Normally, your ankle ligaments and leg muscles would kick in at this point, contracting to help you regain your balance. But, if you’ve endured repeated sprains to your ankle, these mechanisms may be damaged, and you would instead stumble or fall.

You could have chronic ankle instability.

Improved Balance Through Core Stability

Each year, one in three adults over the age of 65, and 50 percent of seniors over the age of 80, experiences a fall. These falls often result from the inevitable musculoskeletal system changes that result from age. Changes in posture, a decrease in walking stride and loss of balance control and stability are some of the well-documented consequences of aging.

What You Can Do To Prevent Dangerous Falls

Winter is here, and winter means snow and ice. It also can mean slips and falls!

For people who are 65 or older, a fall can happen anywhere at any time, even if there is no ice on the ground. In fact, one in three older adults will sustain an injurious fall at some point.

Technology Can Be a Powerful Tool in Assessing Children with Mobility Issues

Children with mobility issues present unique challenges in rehabilitation, and technology can help to ensure that these children get the right treatment at the right time.

Often, children with issues such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, seizure disorders, developmental delays and brain tumors, can have mobility issues that make it difficult for them to get around. This can seriously impact the quality of their lives.

Using Technology To Help Stroke Survivors with Balance and Walking Issues

Lite Gait Rehabilitation TechnologyOften, individuals find they have issues walking normally or balancing after a stroke. When combined with expert hands-on therapies, certain rehabilitation technologies can help get stroke survivors standing and walking normally again.