Fall Risk Assessment at Elite’s Balance Centers

Fall risk assessment is critical for older adults.  Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admission among adults 65 years and older?  It doesn’t take long for a medical professional to notice an unpleasant pattern with elderly patients who are admitted after a fall.  Even falls without injury can forever impact someone’s quality of life, creating a fear of falling that can limit social activity, cause depression, and induce physical decline and feeling helpless.

However, falls with injury can be much worse.  Whether they require surgery to repair a hip fracture or are recovering from the bruises, aches and pains, their fall is most often a giant leap towards a loss of independence.  Industry statistics from the National Council on Aging report that every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and unfortunately, every 19 minutes an older adult perishes from a fall.

At Elite, we take balance very seriously.  In fact, in 2016 we changed our name to include “Balance Centers” to confirm our commitment to this national initiative.  Every one of our three locations has a balance center that includes a Biodex Balance System (shown in the picture below) for fall risk assessment.  It also trains for improved balance recovery. We have also installed harness safety systems to decrease some of the fear that comes with fall risk. Finally, we employ staff certified by the American Institute of Balance in vestibular rehabilitation in each of our clinics.  You can feel safe to come to us with your balance needs.  If you fear that you or a loved one needs vestibular therapy or a fall risk assessment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today with your questions.

To request an appointment to use our Biodex system, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:

Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Shelbyville: 931-684-0027
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022


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    Anthony Carter

    Deborah: What is the application for this technology in regard to safety; in particular the safety of workers that must go up and down stairs frequently during their daily jobs?

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      Elite Physical Therapy

      Anthony – Thanks for the good question! Over 1 million injuries occur each year as the result of stairway falls. Standing on one leg while moving is one reason that stairs can be so precarious. We use single leg standing balance challenges to decrease our patient’s fall risk, While standing near a sturdy chair or counter top, try balancing on one leg and increase your time up to 30 seconds to 1 minute and perform 3 times on each leg. Another reason for falls on stairs is because our muscles aren’t as strong when going down stairs as when going up, this is because of what is called eccentric quad contraction, most of us have a weaker eccentric contraction in our quads. A great way to build up your muscles for safe stair descent is to stand on the bottom step (facing downward) bending right leg, slowly and steadily lower left foot to the ground and then stand back up. Switch legs and work up to performing this for 2 sets of 10 on each leg. If you have any more questions or feel you need some further help to prevent falls at work, please come to one of our Balance Centers so we can assess if any muscle imbalances or tightness can be causing instability.

      Thanks again for your question. – Deborah

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