Fall Prevention Program Williamsburg, VA

Fall Prevention Program

Falls can diminish your ability to lead an active and independent life. There usually are several reasons for a fall, and the more risk factors you have, the greater your risk.

The reasons for falls are complex and include:

  • Being 80 years old or older
  • Leg muscle weakness
  • Difficulty with balance or walking
  • Vision problems (cataracts, macular degeneration, wearing bifocals)
  • Medical conditions that limit your ability to get around, such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or diabetes 
  • Conditions that cause confusion, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Depression
  • Taking more than 4 medications at the same time or psychoactive medications (such as sedatives or antidepressants)
  • Using a cane or other walking device
  • Home hazards (throw rugs, pets underfoot)
  • Low blood pressure
  • A history of previous falls

How A Physical Therapist Can Help

If you are worried about falling or if you recently had a fall, your physical therapist can conduct a screening of your fall risk. If the screening shows that you are at risk, the physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation, and design an exercise and training program to improve your balance and strength, and may include:

  • Balance Training
  • Walking and Moving Improvement
  • Learning to Multitask Safely
  • Strength Training
  • Aerobic Training
  • Education
  • Fear Management
  • Use of Community Programs

For more information, Contact us at Williamsburg, VA center.