Fall Prevention

Would you benefit from a fall prevention program?

Have you ever felt unsteady while walking, as if you were about to trip? Have you ever tripped and had to catch yourself with a nearby railing or piece of furniture? Are you concerned that a fall will injure you? If so, you might benefit from a fall prevention program at Forward Physical Therapy in Knoxville, TN.

Unfortunately, most people do not think about maintaining their balance until it is too late and they have already fallen. The good news is that most falls can be avoided by regularly exercising your balance system.

If you are worried about falling, contact Forward Physical Therapy right away to learn more about our fall prevention techniques.

Common risk factors for falls

Some people have a higher risk of falling than others. Certain risk factors include:

  • Arthritis or alternative joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Being female
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Previous history of falls
  • Living a sedentary life
  • Overall poor health
  • Heart disease
  • Advanced age
  • Problems with vision
  • Problems with walking or staying balanced
  • Diabetes
  • Previous stroke or heart attack

Our Knoxville, TN physical therapist will review your medical history to identify any risk factors you may have. They will then explain how this affects your treatment and how you can reduce your risk of falling. Following that, your therapist will conduct a thorough physical examination to determine the best treatment plan for you.

What will a fall prevention program in Knoxville, TN look like?

At Forward Physical Therapy, your initial physical exam may include vision tests, resting, and active heart rate checks, gait, balance, range of motion, and strength tests. Our physical therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan for you based on the results of these exams.

The following are examples of common therapeutic methods that you may encounter in your treatment plans:

Strength training

Our physical therapist will create a personalized strength training program for you. This plan will target specific muscle groups that require strengthening. This will improve your balance while standing and walking, as well as your ability to recover from a fall.

Balance training

You may be required to perform specific balance-based exercises as part of your treatment plan. This might include standing on one leg or maintaining your balance while performing an intellectually demanding task (such as reciting the alphabet or reading a page from a book.)

Pain management

Any pain you are experiencing will be addressed as soon as possible by your treatment plan.

Endurance training

Our physical therapist will design an aerobic training plan for you that will gradually increase in difficulty as your stamina improves.

Walking programs

This section of your treatment plan focuses on restoring your normal physical function while walking and/or moving. To improve your balance, your physical therapist may instruct you to walk in a circle or complete an obstacle course.

Maintain good balance with a Forward Physical Therapy fall prevention program!

Our primary goal at Forward Physical Therapy is to assist you in avoiding falls and regaining confidence in your balance. If you’re ready to improve your balance and reduce your chances of sustaining a fall-related injury, contact our Knoxville, TN physical therapy clinic to schedule an appointment and get started right away!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!