Atlantis Physical Therapy

Senior Fitness, Balance, Gait Fall Prevention

Did You Know?

  • 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls
  • 1 out of 3 people over the age of 65 will fall within the next year
  • Every 19 minutes an older adult dies due to a fall
  • Falls account for 40% of admissions to nursing homes
  • 1 out of 5 patients with a hip fracture will die within one year after their fall

What happens to your body as you get older is often not noticeable from day to day. When you visit the doctor, people are often surprised to find out they’ve gotten shorter and put on weight. Even less apparent, you can develop bone loss in your pelvis and hips, osteoarthritis in your spine, and weakness in your muscles. Deterioration of balance and coordination is also inevitable. All of these factors can make a person a candidate to FALL into one of the statistical categories cited above.


Everybody trips from time to time. When you’re young, it’s no big deal. You catch your balance. At 65 years old, we’re all slower, weaker, and less coordinated. The risk of falling becomes much greater. The good news is physical therapy can help. The research is clear that moving, along with strength training, especially as we get older is more important than ever to improve overall health and quality of life.

In addition to traditional treatment programs for balance training, Atlantis Physical Therapy has a variety of specialized equipment that is not available elsewhere and sets us apart from other clinics.

A Thorough Evaluation Starts the Rehab Process

At Atlantis PT, several factors are considered when working with a patient who comes to us as a fall risk. We test the status of the individual for three important areas:

STRENGTH: Stomach, back, and legs
BALANCE: Standing still and moving
COORDINATION: Quickness, accuracy, and cognition

 

Other factors such as posture and joint flexibility are important also. In addition, we discuss a number of other issues that can contribute to falls include: eyesight, medications, home assessment for risks, and fear.

Treatment Plan

Our basic belief is that all persons have the capability to improve their existing condition. Progress will likely be¬†a gradual step-by-step process. To achieve the best results for each patient, we must first know their abilities and limitations. Then, a personalized plan is constructed with that person’s input, challenging them at a level to which they are able to perform safely. Below are a few of the tools we use specifically for balance that allow us to set the standard for care in the community.

 

Our Specialized Equipment

Harness
Shuttle Balance
SMART Fit

A series of straps and bands that form a restraining system to ensure patients stay upright. Patients feel safer when they know they can walk without risk.


A standing platform suspended by a chain that is used to challenge a person’s balance. Settings can be changed to challenge a person’s balance as they progress.


A flashing coordination and cognition board. Test the ability of the patient to recognize and react to changing displays on the interactive dot board. Training encourages the speed of response. Either hands or feet or both can be used.