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Category: Balance and Gait

Sep 16, 2020

ARE YOU AT RISK OF FALLING?

TAKE THE TEST! Northeastern Pennsylvania is home to a large elderly population and many of the medical problems we expect to see are age related. Dedicated medical practitioners are in constant search for new knowledge and information to prevent or delay many age-related problems. One of the most devastating problems associated with aging is falling. […]

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Sep 16, 2020

Fall Prevention

Preventing a fall can not only save your independence but also your life! Preventing injuries from falls reduces the need for nursing home placement. Injuries from falls are the seventh leading cause of death in people over the age of sixty-five.

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Aug 31, 2020

TREATMENT FOR LOSS OF BALANCE – FALLS PREVENTION

2nd of 3 Columns on Balance Disorders and Falls Prevention Last week we discussed the causes of balance loss. Today, we will discuss treatment for this problem. Two primary treatments are medication and vestibular rehabilitation. Medication for dizziness and loss of balance requires a visit to your family doctor. In a more involved case, your […]

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Aug 31, 2020

Causes of Loss of Balance

Northeastern Pennsylvania is home to a large elderly population and many of the medical problems we expect to see are age related. Dedicated medical practitioners are in constant search for new knowledge and information to prevent or delay many age related problems. One of the most devastating problems associated with aging is falling. It will be the purpose of this series of three columns to educate readers about the risks and causes of falling and the prevention and treatment of balance disorders.

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Dec 12, 2016

Dancing to help with Parkinson's Disease: Part 2 of 2

DANCE FOR EXERCISE FOR THOSE WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE “Dance like nobody’s watching!” This is one of my favorite quotes from Mitch Albom’s book, Tuesdays With Mori, because it represents interesting facts about human behavior. One, of course, is the ability to be comfortable in your own skin. The other, maybe less obvious benefit, is that […]

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Jun 4, 2012

Falls Prevention Part 2 of 3: Treatment for Loss of Balance

2nd of 3 Columns on Balance Disorders and Falls Prevention Guest Columnist: Janet M. Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Last week we discussed the causes of balance loss. Today, we will discuss treatment for this problem. Two primary treatments are medication and vestibular rehabilitation. Medication for dizziness and loss of balance requires a visit to your […]

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May 28, 2012

Falls Prevention Part 1 of 3: Causes of Loss of Balance

Guest Columnist: Janet M. Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS 1st of 3 Columns on Balance Disorders and Falls Prevention Northeastern Pennsylvania is home to a large elderly population and many of the medical problems we expect to see are age related. Dedicated medical practitioners are in constant search for new knowledge and information to prevent or […]

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Mar 29, 2010

Maintaining Mobility Just Got Easier!

Walking is essential for our physical and emotional well-being, preventing blood clots, pneumonia and depression. Now, thanks to new technology, a computerized walking assistance device may be the answer for many who are too weak to walk and climb stairs independently, yet too strong and determined not to try.

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Jul 20, 2009

Home Safety & Falls Prevention for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease: Part III

Balance problems are a frequent complication of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and they can lead to falls. A fall can result in a life-altering injury requiring nursing home placement or, even worse, a life-threatening injury that can result in death! Falling in your home can be prevented by adhering to the following recommendations.

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Jul 19, 2009

Home Exercise for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease: Part II of III

Last week we described various forms of exercise to reduce the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD). This week we will outline a comprehensive home exercise program for people with PD.

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