Balance Loss Affects the Eldery

Posted on February 24, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Falls and fall related injuries can have a devastating effects on the elderly. The frequency of falls increase with the aging population. The history of a fall is a predictor of future falls.

This video is about Donna, an 84 years old woman with a history of multiple falls. She has had two total knees, a total hip, previous fracture of her shoulder and opposite wrist from a fall as well as other surgeries. Donna had a fall two weeks prior to her physical therapy assessment for BalanceWear. She related she is unable to get up off the floor once she falls.

In the current video we show a timed up and go before and after Balance-Based Torso-Weighting, BBTW. This video demonstrates the change in ability and also in her confidence during the same session. Instead of the frail elderly person she was when we she walked into the clinic we see a new person emerge. Because of the dramatic effects of the testing with BBTW we ordered Donna a BalanceWear Device. She is strategically weighted with 1-3/4 pounds to control several loses of balance. The video gives us a peek into her former life and what an interesting person she is.The video is over two sessions; assessment day and the day she receives the BalanceWear device at her home. No other therapy was provided.

Donna will still need therapy to address strength, balance, range of motion, and pain. However Donna is much safer with BalanceWear, which is a consideration since she lives alone.

The CDC just released Steadi http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/Falls/steadi/index.html

I feel this is a great tool for clinicians and physicians to use with their patients in prescribing rehabilitation. There are several tests and measures that can help identify loss of leg strength, ambulation score (timed walk) and function (TUG). In addition they have cut off scores for fall risk.

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