Fall Prevention Program
We can help you reduce your risk of falling.
The Fall Prevention Program is available at all five of our locations. Each clinic has a designated physical therapist that has received additional training to address balance and walking deficits to improve the safety and well-being of seniors in our local communities.
Sandra Chard, PT, ATC has collaborated extensively with other medical providers to develop and coordinate this program at all locations. If you would like additional information, please contact her at our Burien office.
Each year nearly 1/3 of older adults experience a fall. Approximately 10% of these result in serious injury such as hip fracture or head injury that requires hospitalization. Falls are the leading cause of death among older adults.
At Highline Physical Therapy we are committed to decreasing the incidence of falls experienced by the general population, and especially for any at-risk adults.
- Decreased strength of the legs
- Difficulty with balance and walking
- Conditions associated with aging
- Vision problems
- Pre-Existing medical problems that limit mobility such as arthritis, Parkinson disease, stroke or diabetes
- Being on more than four medications at the same time
- Environmental hazards (throw rugs, uneven ground, poor lighting, pets, etc.)
- Low blood pressure
At Highline Physical Therapy our goal is to prevent injuries by identifying individuals who are at risk for falls. Our physical therapists will perform a comprehensive evaluation and provide you with an individualized treatment plan to address problem areas. This plan will consist of strength and balance exercises, gait training, assistive device recommendations, education on potential home fall hazards and recommendations for ancillary services.
Falls are the main reason why older people lose their independence. Participation in a fall prevention program will help you learn about the various risk factors and what you can do to reduce your risk of falling.
Contact your health care provider to discuss a referral for physical therapy if you are having any of these issues. If your insurance does not require a physician referral, you may contact us directly. Call our Burien (206) 242-5186, Federal Way (253) 661-0041, Kent/Des Moines (206) 824-3668, Tukwila (206) 248-3080, or the West Seattle (206) 933-1030 office to schedule your initial evaluation.