Fall Prevention Program

Balance programFalls can be a scary thing, especially for the elderly. The best way to reduce falls is to learn what causes them to begin with. The same way every person is unique, what causes falls vary from person to person. Shull Physical Therapy is a leader in fall risk and balance assessment.

In a safe and controlled setting, we assess balance and mobility deficits on seniors and others who are referred to our clinic. With this information, we are able to determine and design a training program customized to meet each individual’s needs. We can create a personalized plan to address the root of the problem, whether is be weakness related, balance related or some other factor such as medication or nutrient deficiencies or hazards in the home.

 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), falls are a major health concern because:

  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury
  • Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for all injuries
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture
  • Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are cause by falling, usually by falling sideways
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries(TBI)
  • In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs

Balance Test

Please fill out the following questionnaire to determine your risk for falls. This information is important for your physician to review in determining if you are a candidate for our Fall Prevention Program. Please complete and take to your physician and ask specifically for Shull Physical Therapy Center. Download one of our prescriptions to take with you when you visit your physician. Also bring a copy of the questionnaire during your first visit with physical therapy for the therapist to review.

1. Have you fallen more than once in the past year? _____Yes _____No

2. Do you take medicine for two or more of the following diseases? Heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, anxiety, depression? ____ Yes ____No

3. Do you feel dizzy or unsteady if you make sudden changes in movement such as bending down or quickly turning? _____ Yes _____No

4. Do you have black-outs or seizures? _____ Yes _____No

5. Have you experienced a stroke or other neurological problem that has affected your balance? _____ Yes ____ No

6. Do you experience numbness or loss of sensation in your legs and/or feet? _____ Yes ____ No

7. Do you use a walker or cane, or do you need assistance to get around? _____ Yes ____ No

8. Are you inactive? (Answer yes if you do not participate in a regular form of exercise, such as walking or exercising 20-30 minutes at least three times per week) ____ Yes ____ No

9. Do you feel unsteady when you are walking or climbing stairs? _____ Yes ____ No

10. Do you have difficulty sitting down or rising from a seated or lying position? _____ Yes ____ No

We offer FREE Fall Prevention screenings.
Please call 361-225-2539 for an appointment to get your screening scheduled.

Contact Us

Shull Physical Therapy Center
Phone: (361) 225-2539
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00-5:00 Friday 9:00-3:00
info@shullphysicaltherapy.com



Office Location:
4646 Corona Dr.
Suite #130
Corpus Christi, TX 78411


Shull Physical Therapy