In recognition of National Fall Prevention Month, BenchMark Physical Therapy and Results Physiotherapy, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), are offering complimentary fall-risk screenings for adults. Falls are a leading cause of injury and death in individuals over the age of 65, so it’s important to be proactive in taking preventive measures.
The free screenings are available at multiple locations in Louisville from September through October 31. The assessments include a series of health questions followed by balance, stability, strength, and agility tests. By determining an individual’s risk factors, physical therapy intervention strategies can be recommended.
Seniors, as well as individuals with musculoskeletal and neurological conditions such as osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis, are at an increased risk of falls. A study by the Moran Company found that physical therapy significantly contributes to injury prevention, with PT users having a 50% lower likelihood of injury-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits in the six months following a fall.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that falling once doubles the chances of falling again. Fear of falling can also lead to decreased activity levels, resulting in physical weakness and an increased risk of future falls. Thus, participating in fall-risk assessments can help individuals understand their risk factors and prevent potential life-changing events.
To schedule an appointment for a fall-risk screening, visit the website www.movetoliveusa.com and select a location, time, and date. BenchMark Physical Therapy and Results Physiotherapy are members of the Upstream Rehabilitation family, which is the largest dedicated provider of physical therapy services in the United States with over 1,200 locations.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Moran Company, American Journal of Epidemiology