Fall Prevention

Reboot Physical Therapy

Priyanka Pandya, MS, PT

Physical Therapy located in Ramsey, NJ

More than one-third of adults over age 65 fall every year and about 20-30% of those falls involve moderate to severe injuries. Priyanka Pandya, MS, PT, helps older adults work on fall prevention at Reboot Physical Therapy in Ramsey, New Jersey. To learn how you can reduce the risk of a life-changing fall, call or book an appointment online today.

Fall Prevention Q & A

What are falls?

A fall happens when you experience unexpected contact with a supporting surface, such as the floor. Falls are not the result of a push or medical event, such as fainting. A near-fall occurs when you lose your balance and stumble in a way that would lead to a fall if you didn’t catch yourself.

Who is at risk of falling?

Falls are the leading cause of injuries to older adults. Certain factors may increase your risk of falling, including:

  • Personal history of falling
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Limited flexibility
  • Vision problems
  • Joint pain or arthritis
  • Dizziness when standing up
  • Improper use of a walker or cane
  • Home hazards, such as throw rugs
  • Difficulty maintaining balance
  • Inappropriate footwear
  • Depression or anxiety

Medical conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease, can also increase your risk of falling. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to suffer a fall. 

What is fall prevention?

Falls and the fear of falling can decrease your ability to function independently and lead a fulfilling life. Fall prevention focuses on helping older adults maintain or increase their independence and reduce their risk of falling. 

As a highly trained physical therapist, Priyanka has extensive experience working with mature adults on fall prevention. She carefully assesses your risk of falling by evaluating your strength, balance, and flexibility. Then, she develops an individualized treatment plan tailored to your fall prevention needs.

When should I see a physical therapist for fall prevention?

There’s no single test to predict a fall. However, your primary care provider should begin screening you for fall risk annually starting at age 65. If they determine you’re at risk of falling, or if you experience fear or anxiety about falling that interferes with your daily life, fall prevention at Reboot Physical Therapy can help.

What should I expect from fall prevention?

First, Priyanka thoroughly evaluates your risk of falling. Your fall risk evaluation may include:

  • Simple vision test
  • Review of your medical history and medications
  • Home safety assessment
  • Simple cognitive test
  • Foot and shoe assessment
  • Balance, strength, and walking ability assessment

Then, she develops a personalized fall prevention plan that may include:

  • Balance training
  • Strength training
  • Endurance training
  • Walking and moving safely
  • Fear management

Priyanka also makes personal recommendations on steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling.

To improve your safety and peace of mind, call Reboot Physical Therapy or book an appointment online today to get started on fall prevention. 

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