As your parent(s) approaches the “golden years”, there are many things that can occur regarding health.
by, Tim Eckard
Reaction time declines Strength decreases Flexibility is lost Vision deteriorates Posture can change Disease can impair balance Medications may cause dizziness, fainting, and many more.
Psychological factors can also increase the risk for falls. It is important to talk with your doctor about these risk factors and see if he/she will provide your parent with a referral to physical therapy. Physical therapists perform a thorough examination of your parent’s neuromusculoskeletal system. Various tests include a sensory evaluation, walking tests, fear of falling tests, strength and flexibility tests, and a posture assessment to assess your parent’s current status.
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Armed with this information, the physical therapist will create a custom program to help you and your parent achieve the desired goals. You and your parent may receive educational information, exercises, advice, and community resources to help decrease the risk of falling. Make sure you give us a call to find out more. It could be the best thing you ever do for your parents. Pass this along as well. Together, we can all decrease fall risk.
For more information on how to decrease your risk of falling, visit Kinetix Advanced Physical Therapy at 23501 Cinema Drive Suite 116 Valencia, CA 91355 or call (661) 288-0300
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