Fall Prevention

"Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans aged 65+ fall every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly—in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially." - ncoa.org {read more}

JOINT REPLACEMENT

The knee is the most commonly replaced joint in the body. The decision to have knee replacement surgery is one that you should make in consultation with your orthopedic surgeon and your physical therapist. Usually, total knee replacement (TKR) surgery is performed when people have:
* Knee joint damage due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, other bone diseases, or fracture
* Knee pain or alignment problems in the leg that cause difficulty with walking, performing daily activities, or life tasks

A total knee replacement (TKR) involves removing the ends of the bones at the knee joint (the tibia, sometimes called “shin bone”) and the femur (thigh bone) and replacing them with artificial parts. Replacement parts consist of a metal cap placed on the end of the femur and a plastic cap placed on the top of the shin bone. Sometimes, a plastic insert is used to replace the kneecap.

To read more about joint replacements, visit MoveForwardPT.com's Guide to Total Knee Repelacement

MoveForwardPT.com's Guide to Balance Problems

Falls can diminish your ability to lead an active and independent life. About one third of people over the age of 65 and almost half of people over the age of 80 will fall at least once this year. There usually are several reasons for a fall. Physical therapists can help you reduce your risk of falling by:
* Assessing your risk of falling
* Helping you make your home as safe as possible
* Educating you about the medical risk factors linked to falls
* Designing individualized exercises and balance training
* Working with other health care professionals and community to create programs for people who want to reduce their risk of falling

To read more about falls, MoveForwardPT.com's Guide to Falls

The "rotator cuff" is a group of four muscles that are responsible for keeping the shoulder joint stable. Unfortunately, injuries to the rotator cuff are very common, either from injury or with repeated overuse of the shoulder. Injuries to the rotator cuff can vary as a person ages. Rotator cuff tears are more common later in life, but they also can occur in younger people. Athletes and heavy laborers are commonly affected; older adults also can injure the rotator cuff when they fall or strain the shoulder, such as when walking a dog that pulls on the leash. When left untreated, this injury can cause severe pain and a decrease in the ability to use the arm. {read more}

Simple warmup exercises might be enough to prevent one of the most common serious knee injuries suffered by youth athletes, especially females, says article Warmup Exercises Reduce ACL Injuries MoveForewardPT.com.

A study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine
concluded that neuromuscular control exercise programs appear to reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female college soccer players.

More than 1,400 athletes from 61 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I women’s soccer teams participated in the study, and were divided into two groups. The overall ACL injury rate was 1.7 times less, and the noncontact ACL injury rate was 3.3 times less, in the athletes who performed specific intervention exercises three times a week during their fall season than in their peers who did not.

The beneficial neuromuscular warmup exercise programs included stretching, strengthening, plyometrics, and agilities to address potential deficits in the strength and coordination of the stabilizing muscles around the knee joint.

Simple Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects approximately 1% of the United States population. RA often results in pain and inflammation in joints on both sides of the body, and can become disabling due to its effect on the immune system. A physical therapist can help manage the symptoms of RA, enhancing an individual's quality of life. {read more} To read more about arthritis, MoveForwardPT.com's Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis


 


ARTHRITIS

BACK PAIN

BODY MECHANICS

FALL PREVENTION

KNEE REPLACEMENT

OSTEOPOROSIS

PARKINSONS

ROTATOR CUFF

STROKE