Balance Awareness Week Sept. 15 – 21

We all know that our balance and general movements are taken for granted. We have been walking, running and moving before we could actually think – and so our movements are as natural to us as breathing. We move and breathe without even thinking about it. Well for those that have dizziness, movement disorders and vertigo, moving can be very frightening and upsetting. And seeing an expert who can provide tools to manage and cope with movement disorders is important.

We are Arroyo Physical Therapy are proud to be a part of VEDA Balance Awareness week and are offering FREE Fall and balance screenings (by appointment) for the month of September. If you know of anyone needing our services, a referral is your best compliment.

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Offering Senior Fitness Instruction

Arroyo Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that Jeremy Cowin, PTA, has completed his course work and is now a Certified Senior Fitness Specialist!

This is just another way that Arroyo Physical Therapy in Pasadena, CA is reaching out to the community and is showing their commitment to Senior Health and Fitness.

Congratulations! to Jeremy. And we hope to see you soon!

The Tolucan Times Article!

You can see our ad and read about Arroyo Physical Therapy in The Tolucan Times!

Preventing Falls – Can it be done?

It is being reported that 1 in every 3 adults over the age of 65 falls. Falls can be the major cause for sever injuries including hip fractures, head injuries and even death. Fall prevention programs are very common and are of a major health care concern. Facilities that manage a patients underlying falls risk factors and providing an environment for optimizing each individuals functional needs is an important factor in fall prevention and awareness training.

How big of a problem are falls?
About 1/3 of older adults fall each year and less than 1/2 talk to their healthcare provider about these falls. Falls are the leading cause for both non-fatal and fatal injuries. In 2010, 2.3 million non-fatal falls resulted in 662,000 being admitted to the hospital, with an adjusted cost (for inflation) of about $30 billion.

Who is at risk?
Those with mobility problems, decreased strength and coordination, chronic health conditions, vision loss, loss of sensation in feet and those who are inactive. Ones medications can have significant side effects, alcohol use, living in a cluttered environment, poor lighting, incorrect size of shoes, assistive devices and poorly designed public spaces can all impact ones risk factors.

How can one reduce the risk of falls?
Regular exercise, review your medication list with your physician, have your eyes checked regularly, de-clutter your home and make it safer, eat a healthy balanced diet and supplement with adequate vitamins, loose weight and get screened for osteoporosis.

There are many aspects of screening, evaluating and treating falls. By taking into consideration each individuals needs and concerns, an individualized program can be developed to keep you more active and lessen the chances of a fall. Education is key in the prevention of falls too and being aware of your surroundings, knowing how to properly use assistive devices, getting on an exercise program that is fun and keeps your motivated and being part of a support network that helps you when you have questions or need help is all part of the process of preventing falls and maintaining a healthy functional life.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

There are many causes of central dizziness: head injury, anxiety, migraine, medications, cervical issues, concussions, BPPV just to name a few. It is important to have a thorough evaluation by your physician to accurately diagnose and by an expertly trained physical therapist to evaluate and treat your condition. Dizziness can impact your ability to function on a daily basis, such as rolling over in bed, going from sit to stand, driving your car, playing sports or other activities you may enjoy.

Seeing an expert can not only aide in decreasing your signs and symptoms, there are time when your dizziness can completely go away. Other times, we teach you how to manage your dizziness so you can function as normally as possible. Everyone is different, and no one person experiences dizziness and functional loss the same. That is why is it imperative to seek experts that are knowledgeable and resourceful so you get the best treatment available.

For more information, please visit our website at: www.ArroyoPT.com or give us a call: 626-593-2283, or drop us an email: Info@ArroyoPT.com.