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Balance and Falls

Apr 09, 2020 / Article

Physical therapy can make a difference—not just in recovery, but in falls prevention.

APTA Suggests: More on Balance and Falls

Sep 20, 2019 / Article

Here are some APTA-recommended resources that can help you gain a deeper understanding of the impact of falls on our health system, and what can be done to reduce falls risk.

5 Ways to Get Ready for Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Sep 17, 2019 / News

An estimated 1 in 4 adults 65 and older experiences a fall each year, and according to a recent study, falls-related deaths among adults 75 and older are on the rise, all of which makes falls prevention more relevant than ever. With Falls Prevention Awareness Day coming September 23, now is a great time

Falls Awareness Week: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

Sep 23, 2019 / Article

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency departments treat 3 million older adults for falls each year. More than 800,000 patients are hospitalized after a fall, approximately 20% of falls result in serious injuries, and falls are the second leading cause of accidental or

PTJ: Falls Are 'Critical Health Hazard' for Individuals With Upper Limb Loss

Apr 12, 2019 / Review

Individuals with upper limb loss may be at greater risk for falls than older individuals, according to researchers.

JAMA Viewpoint: The 'False Dichotomy' of Hospital Falls Prevention vs Mobility Promotion

Jun 15, 2017 / Review

Programs that promote mobility with supervision "may actually help to prevent injurious falls."

Older-Adult Deaths From Falls Have Increased; Intervention May Help Decrease Falls in the Future

Jun 28, 2019 / Review

In 2016, adults 75 and older were dying from falls-related injuries at more than double the rate they were in 2000.

Physical Therapy and the Aging Adult: Management of Falls and Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Apr 04, 2018 / Course

Falls are a major concern for older adults! Physical therapists play a key role in fall prevention, as well as treating falls and fall-related injuries. With evidencebased practice, the functional mobility and quality of life of older adults may be improved, while decreasing the national fall-related

CDC: Falls-Related Deaths in the US Rose 31% in 10 Years

May 15, 2018 / News

The latest statistics, included in a report from the CDC point to a need for more widespread falls screening and prevention efforts including physical therapy, authors say.

Ready for Falls Prevention Awareness Day?

Sep 12, 2017 / News

Here's a quick take on just some of the falls-related resources available from APTA.

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Traumatic Brain Injury: Gait Training

Jan 03, 2020 / Clinical Review

Palmer E, VanderKooi S, Richman S
Subjects: Accidental Falls; Aerobic Exercises; Balance Training, Physical; Brain Injuries; Cycling; Gait Training; Lower Extremity Exercises; Stretching; Therapeutic Exercise; Treatment Outcomes; Vestibular Diseases; Education, Continuing (Credit)

Multiple System Atrophy

Jan 03, 2020 / Clinical Review

Palmer E, Dy B, Richman S
Subjects: Accidental Falls; Assistive Technology Devices; Balance Training, Physical; Central Nervous System Diseases; Functional Training; Gait Training; Heat-Cold Application; Muscle Strengthening; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Patient Education; Patient Positioning; Therapeutic Exercise; Treatment Outcomes; Walkers; Education, Continuing (Credit)

Frail Older Adults: Occupational Therapy

Jan 18, 2019 / Clinical Review

Matlick D, Slowman LS, Richman S
Subjects: Accidental Falls; Aging; Ambulation Aids; Assistive Technology Devices; Balance Training, Physical; Frail Elderly; Functional Training; Geriatric Assessment; Muscle Weakness; Occupational Therapy; Occupational Therapy Assessment; Patient Education; Therapeutic Exercise; Treatment Outcomes; Aged