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Helping Seniors Recovery Balance and Confidence after surgery, stroke and falls with new Biodex Balance System

Now Exclusive Physical Therapy offers the latest in computerized rehab technology for patients whose conditions place them at increased risk of potentially fatal falls: The Biodex Balance System.

The Biodex Balance System enables Exclusive Physical Therapy therapists to test the ability of their patients to resist balance challenges that could induce a fall, and to compares those test results to aged-matched “normal” persons. When fall risk is detected, therapists aided by software programs in the Balance System can, over a period of weeks, help patients develop the muscle strength and neurological response necessary for them to walk more safely when discharged.

Exclusive Physical Therapy tackles issue raised by CDC stats: Falls are a serious senior threat
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.

Twenty to 30% of elderly who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head trauma. Fall risk is elevated for seniors who’ve been hospitalized for almost any reason, but especially following stroke and surgery to replace osteoarthritic hips and knees. Research studies conclude that:

  • Between a quarter and half of all stroke patients have at least one fall within six months of their hospitalization.
  • Although total hip arthroplasty effectively restores hip function, residual deficits in balance control persist up to four months postop, increasing fall risk.
  • Most patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty have a history of falling, and 45% of those with a presurgical fall history will fall postop.
  • Postural instability (tendency to “sway” when standing) is a fall risk characteristic of Parkinson’s disease that can be reduced with balance and strength training.

Exclusive Physical Therapy helps seniors recover balance and confidence

In addition to a two-minute fall risk test that compares patient balance to a database of age-matched “normals,” the Biodex Balance System enables Exclusive Physical Therapy therapists to quickly test a patient’s postural stability on firm and unstable surfaces, to identify underlying visual and musculoskeletal deficiencies.

A “limits of stability” test evaluates a patient’s ability to lean forward as if reaching for an object on a shelf and lean backward as if rinsing hair in the shower.

The Biodex Balance System combines sensors under a platform to detect patient weight distribution and response to computer challenges. Their efforts are displayed on a large eye-level screen and captured on a computer, which also stores the performance of normal individuals at different ages performing the same tests.

Results of the Biodex Balance System tests can be printed out and submitted to the patient’s physician, along with a recommended course of corrective physical therapy.

Beyond testing – therapeutic protocols to prepare patients to resist falls

Once a patient’s balance issues are identified, and the patient’s physician approves a recommended rehabilitation program, therapy can begin using the Balance System’s six programmable rehab modes.

Arguably the most important of the Balance System’s six modes are its weight-shifting and percentage of weight-bearing protocols. Proper weight shifting and weight bearing are essential to reducing the risk of falls common when, because of pain, paralysis or habit, patients don’t distribute their weight evenly as they take steps

Each week, Exclusive Physical Therapy therapists print out a report illustrating the patient’s progress and send it with a report to their clinician.

For more information on the Exclusive Physical Therapy Balance System program, or to learn how to ask your clinician for a referral to Exclusive Physical Therapy, contact us at 517-327-0966. For more information, Contact Us today at Lansing, MI Center.