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Fall Prevention Guidance from a Physical Therapist

Falls are a growing problem. Oftentimes a fall causes functional impairments, increased pain, decreased activity, and reduced quality of life. Reports show that falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), accounting for more than 49% of TBIs among children, and 81% among adults aged over 64 years. Falls also contribute to about 31% of all spinal cord related injuries and are the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits for older adults.

Considering that around 50% of older adults do not resume independent living after sustaining an injury in a fall, it is crucial to seek post-acute rehabilitation after a fall occurs. We never plan for falls to happen and even more so we cannot predict their severity. Therefore, at Neulife Rehabilitation we believe prevention is key, and today we will talk more about just that!

What is a fall?

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, a fall is an unexpected event in which the person comes to contact with the ground, floor or lower level. It is also important to clarify that a fall was not the result of someone’s purposeful action like a push, or of a medical event, such as a heart attack.

Risk factors for falls

The first step in successful prevention is to understand what makes you more likely to sustain a fall. Research shows that the cumulative effect of multiple interacting factors increases the risk of a fall. Therefore, our post-acute rehab specialists have compiled a list of fall risk factors for you to look out for.

    • Orthostatic hypotension/positional low blood pressure – A blood pressure drop during transitional changes such as laying down to sitting up. This may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and imbalance.
    • Weakness in your trunk, legs, and hands – Strength and coordination within our ankles, hips, and trunk allows counteraction to episodes of imbalance by shifting our center of mass, thus preventing falls. Also, decreased grip strength is related to falls.
    • Decreased range of motion in your legs and trunk – Flexibility of the ankle joint, in particular, has demonstrated the strongest relationship with balance and is essential when challenged with external forces.
    • Decreased walking speed – Community-dwelling older adults are 54% more likely to fall if their walking speed is below 70 cm/s.
  • Vision and sensation impairments
  • Trouble with memory and thinking

 

  • Medications – Some medications can have side effects that affect your balance such as lightheadedness or impaired vision. These would make you more likely to sustain a fall. Therefore, speak to your pharmacist about your medication’s side effects, and fully understand why you are taking each drug, proper dosage and frequency.

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If any of the above are relevant to you and you have not yet consulted a doctor about them, do so immediately!

Strategies to prevent falls

    • Engage in regular physical activity
      Multicomponent exercise plans including a combination of balance and strength training demonstrate the highest levels of success. You can try activities such as Tai Chi or Yoga!
  • Remove home hazards! 

 

      • Remove obstacles you could trip over including boxes, cords, and clutter.
      • Secure loose rugs with tape or slip-resistant backing.
      • Store items such as clothes, dishes, and food within reach.
      • Use nonslip mats in the bathtub or shower. Also, you can use a shower chair, or to sit while bathing.
      • Focus on the task that you are currently engaged in.
      • Don’t walk with your hands full.
      • Use night lights in low dimmed areas and hallways.
      • Be aware of uneven surfaces – or remove them.
  • Proper nutrition and a healthy sleep schedule
    These can reduce your risk of falls as you will feel more alert, energetic and focused.

 

  • Assistive Devices
    Correctly adjusted canes and walkers can significantly improve your confidence, stability, and conserve energy. Incorrectly adjusted ones actually increase the risk of falls. Speak to a physical therapist to determine which assistive device is best suited to your needs.
  • Wear supportive footwear
    Shoes with heel support, proper fit, and slip-resistant soles may reduce joint pain, thus improving your stability and posture.
  • Management of fear
    Those who have fallen become more nervous, and may even become sedentary. Post-acute rehab physicians will work with you to build your confidence with movement, and help you return to activities you enjoy.
  • Physical therapy often plays a vital role in fall prevention

A physical therapist (PT) can conduct assessments to determine your level of fall risk and identify limitations. PTs can develop a personalized program that is comprehensive to improve strength, balance, endurance, speed, reactions/coordination, and confidence with movement while performing daily activities. If you would like to learn more about how a PT can help you improve your quality of life, do not hesitate to contact us.

Learn more about Post Acute Rehabilitation at NeuLife Rehab

NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the LARGEST residential post-acute rehabilitation facilities in the Southeast with specialized rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Brain Injury Specialty Programs and Residential Rehabilitation.

Our skilled clinical experts work with each patient individually to create a customized rehabilitation program best suited to the patient’s needs. Every day we work with the goal of providing our patients with the highest quality of care. We believe that healing, wellness, and personal fulfillment are best accomplished in a positive and uplifting therapeutic environment where staff encourage, assist, and support all of their patients. And that is what we do!

To learn more about our facility, our staff and our work contact us, or schedule a tour! You can call us at 800-626-3876, or send us an email on info@neuliferehab.com. Find us at 2725 Robie Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida 32757.

 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

About our Post Acute Rehabilitation Services

We live in a world where accidents are inevitable. Some smaller accidents happen every day – a paper cut, walking into a cabinet, dropping something, and their consequences are very petite. However, some people experience severe accidents in their lives that can flip their everyday upside down and cause tremendous health issues. For instance, vehicle accidents and sports injuries can lead to acute injuries, injuries that occur suddenly as a result of intense trauma, impact or torsion. A band aid for these kinds of injuries is not enough. People affected by those must be immediately transported to an acute care facility, where their condition will be managed to a point where it is relatively stable.

What happens next? This is where our fantastic post acute rehab programs come in! Our rehab center is perfectly designed to help people recover from an acute injury. Now, let us explain to you in more detail what it is that our amazing multi-speciality staff do.

What is post acute rehabilitation?

Acute injuries are those that are caused suddenly as a result of an intense trauma, impact, or torsion. The most common causes of acute injuries are sports and motor vehicle accidents. Acute injuries range all the way from broken bones and sprains, to brain injuries, spine injuries, strokes and neurological disorders.

Therefore, post acute rehab refers to the medical treatment program aimed at returning acute injury patients back to, or as close to as possible, to their pre-injury state. The term “post acute” implies that the patient was discharged from an acute care hospital, or facility. This is the situation more than 10 million Americans find themselves in each year.

The services offered by our post acute rehab program are customised to the needs of the individual patients as each injury and each patient differ. Some patients whom enter our rehabilitation center receive acute care as they come here instead of a hospital.

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What services do we offer?

Our NeuLife Rehabilitation clinic specializes in post acute rehabilitation programs for catastrophic injuries, which means we do not often deal solely with common everyday acute injuries like sprains, or muscle tears. Our residential facility is perfect for patients dealing with severe neurological trauma. We offer our services in two types of programs – your doctor will decide which program you belong to depending on your circumstances:

Learn more about Post Acute Rehabilitation at NeuLife Rehab

NeuLife Rehabilitation is one of the LARGEST residential post-acute rehabilitation facilities in the Southeast with specialized rehabilitation programs for a wide range of catastrophic injuries. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Brain Injury Specialty Programs and Residential Rehabilitation. Our skilled clinical experts work with each patient individually to create a customized rehabilitation program best suited to the patient’s needs. Everyday we work with the goal of providing our patients with the highest quality of care. We believe that healing, wellness and personal fulfillment are best accomplished in a positive and uplifting therapeutic environment where staff encourage, assist, and support all of their patients. And that is what we do!

To learn more about our facility, our staff and our work contact us, or schedule a tour! You can call us at 800-626-3876, or send us an email on info@neuliferehab.com. Find us at: 2725 Robie Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida 32757.

 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

Post Acute Rehabilitation Programs at NeuLife Rehab (Part 1)

Post-acute rehabilitation is the time during which the patient who suffered a traumatic injury is participating in various kinds of rehab programs that aim at bringing him or her as close to their pre-injury state as possible. ‘Post Acute’ indicates that the patient was previously at an acute care facility, such as a hospital or ambulatory care facility. Why is post acute rehab so important? It is an essential part of the healing process, a crucial component that enables the patients to get back to their life before the injury. At NeuLife, we provide a wide range of residential rehab programs, depending on the patient’s needs. Our goal is to restore the patient’s mobility and independence the greatest deal possible. Our facility is equipped to help patients with various types of injuries, whether they are brain and spine injuries, strokes and other neurological disorders. In this article, we will describe 3 of the many rehabilitation programs available at our Florida rehabilitation facility.

1. Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Over 2.4 million people, both children and adults, sustain a traumatic brain injury every year, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Moreover, the repercussions of a brain injury vary depending on the case, but they typically include difficulty with memory, language, thinking and judgment (cognitive impairment). That’s why post acute rehab is so important. Our brain injury rehab programs help patients regain their basic abilities, and they can significantly improve the patient’s state. We strongly believe in an individualized approach to care because we know each patient is unique. Our care plans are customized to fit the patient’s specific needs. The brain injury rehabilitation program at NeuLife offers a full continuum of services for patients who have experienced an Acquired brain injury (ABI) – traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by blows, jolts or injuries to the head (concussion) and Non-traumatic caused by hypoxia, illness, infection, stroke. The comprehensive program at our brain injury clinic encompasses the unique needs of each patient and family. The team focuses on maximizing abilities, providing education, increasing mobility and preventing complications.

2. Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Facing the consequences of a spinal cord injury is very challenging. Depending on its severity, it can significantly change the patient’s life. Limited mobility and ability are just some of the things the patient has to face. At our Florida rehabilitation facility, we understand how difficult it can be to deal, both physically and psychologically, with the repercussions of a spinal cord injury; that’s why we focus all of our efforts on addressing all the needs of every patient and family and maximizing the patient’s abilities, preventing complications, providing education, and increasing mobility in all environments. Our clinical residential rehabilitation team has over 200 years of combined experience! Our goal is to prepare patients for a successful transition home, focusing on enabling them to be able to take care of themselves as much as they can. Maximizing independence by improving strength, functioning, and mobility is our number one priority. This multi-faceted approach maximizes recovery and improves the overall quality of life.

3. Amputee rehabilitation

Losing a limb as a result of an accident/trauma is not a rare occurrence in the United States. According to recent study, approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year. Again, facing a new reality is this case a big challenge, both physically and psychologically. To make the transition easier, we provide comprehensive amputee rehabilitation services to help patients achieve optimal independence and quality of life. Depending on the case and the patient’s specific needs, our amputee rehab programs may include strength building skills, therapies for flexibility, mobility & endurance, proper wound care & limb management, pain management, ongoing support, education & training, and counseling services. Data indicates that all amputee patients at NeuLife have been discharged home and achieved an average of 83% functional improvement from admission to discharge. We work with patients from different backgrounds, including many veterans who lost a limb due to combat injuries. We proudly accept referrals from the Veterans Administration (VA). In addition to VA Choice, we also accept TRICARE.

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After catastrophic injuries, patients have to face the physical and emotional impact on their lives. We strive to make the transition as painless and as comfortable as possible, for both the patients and their families. We understand the importance of privacy and support in this challenging time, and we make it our number one priority to respect our patients’ needs. Our customized programs are highly effective and have helped hundreds of patients get back to their normal life with newly re-gained independence. Our residential rehab programs include clinical evaluations, medical care and therapeutic activities that are customized to meet the goals, needs and abilities of each patient. By leveraging a variety of rehabilitation services, we are able to create an integrated approach focused on helping each patient recover skills associated with activities of daily living (ADLs) using compensatory strategies and mobility aids to achieve a seamless transition into the community. Every component of the treatment plan is customized to the individual patient for guaranteed results.

If you have any questions at all, or would like to schedule a tour around our modern, patient-friendly facility, please do contact us – we are looking forward to seeing you!