Preventing Falls in Older Adults

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in three persons age 65 and older fall each year and eighty-seven percent of all fractures among older adults are due to falls. This is a serious concern for anyone over the age of 65 or anyone with a family member or friend 65 or older.

At King Physical Therapy & Fitness we can develop an individualized program to specifically meet your needs whether it be improving strength, improving balance, improving flexibility, developing safe transfer techniques or giving you tips in making your environment safer. We have evaluation and measures tests that can predict your current risk for falling including BERG balance test, Timed Up and Go, and gait speed-testing just to name a few. These tests help us to show objective improvement and your decreasing risk of falling.

P.S. Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months, so don’t hesitate to come and see us at King Physical Therapy & Fitness.

Does your back “go out?”

Do you have incidents of your back “going out?” or difficulty returning to standing following bending forward, gardening, lifting, or increased spring cleaning activities? If so, the underlying cause may be lumbar spinal instability. Lumbar instability is the result of weakened abdominal muscles, primarily in the transverse abdominis, decreased flexibility throughout your pelvis and lower extremities, and improper body mechanics.

At King Physical Therapy & Fitness our highly trained therapists will examine you for the possible causes of lumbar spinal instability. Then, a unique and highly-specific therapy program is created to focus on your exact limitations. Don’t suffer with low back pain any longer, visit one of our two locations and get help today.

P.S. By attending physical therapy at King Physical Therapy & Fitness you will be treated like a member of our family and receive first class physical therapy.

I’m injured, why shouldn’t I rest?

At one time bed rest/extended immobilization was believed to be the answer for most, if not all injuries. At times immobilization is indicated, but in most instances movement is the best medicine. Inactivity results in a 10%-20% loss of muscle mass per week. Connective tissue/tendons take less than one week to transform and adopt a shortened position especially in the muscles that cross more than one joint, i.e. hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, wrists and fingers. Bone density is reduced by 50% in 12 weeks, your heart rate increases and blood volume decreases. The list goes on and on.

The take home message is “movement is good.” At King Physical Therapy & Fitness we understand how much movement is acceptable and how aggressive or passive we need to be with your injury. Our experience and supreme knowledge of the human body support the rehabilitation program specifically designed for your needs. Please do not hesitate to call for an appointment today or with questions about the activities best suited for your needs.

P.S. We will increase your movement without increasing your pain.

Neck Pain

Do you suffer from tightness/stiffness in your neck? Do you have difficulty looking up, down or turning your head? Do you experience headaches, have difficulty sitting in front of a computer or have pain in your neck following household chores? If you answered yes to any of these questions then we can help you at King Physical Therapy & Fitness.

Neck pain may be the result of many factors including working conditions, posture, cervical discs, spinal stenosis, a motor vehicle accident, a traumatic accident, or degeneration. Depending on the nature of your symptoms our staff at King Physical Therapy & Fitness will design a specific treatment regimen consisting of any or all of the following: modalities, manual soft tissue mobilization, cervical traction, flexibility exercises, and strengthening exercises. At King Physical Therapy & Fitness we are dedicated to improving your quality of life not only during the time you spend with us, but for the rest of your life. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us or stop in to one of our two convenient locations.

Knee Pain

Do you have difficulty ascending/ descending stairs, squatting, or walking up/down hills? Do you have pain in your knee that increases during these activities? If so, you may be suffering from patellofemoral pain.

Patello-femoral pain is the result of mal-tracking of the patella, usually caused by one of more of the following: weak musculature around the knee, decreased flexibility around the knee, decreased patellar mobility, and/or muscular imbalances around the knee.

No matter what the cause of your knee pain, King Physical Therapy & Fitness can assist, diagnose, and develop a program to return you to your full functional level. Contact us today for an appointment, we accept most medical insurances.