Fall Prevention


Do you have trouble staying balanced?

A fall prevention program could be beneficial to you!

Are you concerned about being injured if you fall? Have you ever felt unsteady while walking or descending stairs? Have you ever stumbled and had to catch yourself by grabbing a nearby railing or piece of furniture? A fall prevention program at Grasmere Physical Therapy in Staten Island, NY may be beneficial to you.

In adults over the age of 65, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries. The good news is that with proper guidance, you can reduce and even prevent most falls. Unfortunately, most people do not consider working on their balance and gait until they have already fallen.

Fall risks are a major concern for seniors, and even if no injuries occur, a fall can result in a reduced ability to live an active and independent life. A fall frequently reduces a person’s confidence in activities at home and their community.

Exercise programs designed to prevent falls in older adults also help to prevent injuries from falls, even the most serious ones. Our physical therapist team creates programs that are specific to your needs and abilities.

If you are worried about falling, please contact Grasmere Physical Therapy right away to learn more about our fall prevention programs.

Typical fall risk factors

Some people are more likely than others to fall. The following are some of the most common risk factors:

  • Muscle weakness or fatigue
  • Reduced physical fitness or overall poor health
  • Previous history of falls
  • Advanced age
  • Living a sedentary life
  • Diabetic neuropathies
  • Heart disease or history of a stroke or heart attack
  • Arthritis or artificial joint
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Neurological conditions (i.e., Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Vision problems

Our programs are tailored to your specific requirements, allowing you to feel confident in your daily activities. To identify any risk factors, our Staten Island, NY physical therapist will review your medical history and perform a comprehensive physical evaluation. They will then walk you through the steps necessary to improve your function and lower your chances of falling.

What can I expect from a Staten Island, NY fall prevention program?

At Grasmere Physical Therapy, your initial evaluation will include a comprehensive assessment of your range of motion, strength, and overall mobility. We may also evaluate your vision, gait, balance, and coordination.

The results of our tests will be used to identify all of the factors that contribute to your risk of falling and to implement treatments that address your impairments and reduce your fall risks. When developing your personalized treatment plan, we will rely on research-backed programs.

Our fall prevention programs will employ the following strategies:

Strengthening exercises

Our physical therapists will create a strength training program tailored to your specific needs. This program will concentrate on strengthening specific muscle groups to ensure your mobility and recovery in the event of a fall.

Strength training is a critical component of any fall prevention treatment and will also reduce the risk of serious injury in the event of a fall, according to research studies. Your therapist will devise a program to assist you in improving your standing and walking balance, as well as your ability to recover from a fall.

Balance exercises

You may be required to perform specific balance-related exercises as part of your treatment plan. Standing on one leg is a common treatment that can be used as a diagnostic and treatment tool for an independent home program.

Your balance exercises will be designed by your therapists based on your unique abilities. These exercises will address static and dynamic balance deficits, allowing you to perform your normal daily activities safely.

Our team may include obstacles and distractions to sharpen your reactions and abilities in unfamiliar environments or situations. Our therapists can create a program to address any limitation, regardless of your needs.

Pain management

Pain and injury can impact your stability and cause you to be unsteady on your feet. To reduce your risk of falling, it is critical to identify and address any factors affecting your balance.

Our comprehensive evaluation will determine the source of your pain and develop a plan to reduce or eliminate it. Our therapists will work quickly to ensure that your treatment plan addresses any pain you are experiencing.

Coordination training

Coordination training drills that stimulate the nervous system are an effective way to help reduce the risk of falling. Putting your ability to perceive and respond to changes in your environment to the test can mean the difference between stumbling and remaining stable.

Our physical therapists employ cutting-edge strategies to ensure that you maximize your physical potential so that you can safely participate in the activities you enjoy without the risk of falling!

Gait training

Gait activities are included in every good fall prevention program. For some, this means learning how to use an assistive device, such as a walker or cane. Others will use drills to simulate walking on uneven terrain.

Before developing any program, our therapists will assess your gait and overall mobility. They will use the evaluation information to create a program that ensures your safety while also challenging your abilities to maximize your capabilities.

To improve your balance, your physical therapist may instruct you to walk in a circle or complete an obstacle course. Whatever activities we choose, the goal will be to reduce your risk of falling.

Are you looking for ways to lower your chances of falling? Consider implementing a Grasmere Physical Therapy fall prevention program!

At Grasmere Physical Therapy, our primary goal is to assist you in avoiding falls and regaining confidence in the activities you enjoy. Make an appointment with our Staten Island, NY physical therapy clinic right away if you want to reduce your chances of suffering a fall-related injury!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!