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.

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.

How Strong Is Your “Core?”

By: Mark King, DPT, MPT, CSCS CPT and Matthew King, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Low back pain commonly may be due to weakness of your abdominal muscles and is better known as Lumbar Instability. Some common signs and symptoms of lumbar instability may include, but are not limited to, frequent episodes of low back pain, extreme symptom fluctuation, “thigh climbing” when returning to standing from a bent over position, muscular spasms throughout your low back that “put you to your knees,” and prior surgery.

Depending on your current fitness or functional level entering into a physical therapy regimen, with one of our first-rate therapists, will assist you in overcoming arthritis pain, a nagging muscle strain, or the fear of initiating a fitness program. By improving range of motion, flexibility and learning proper techniques exercise will become easier and more enjoyable.

There are numerous research studies that suggest the lumbar spine is stabilized primarily by the transversus abdominis and the internal/external obliques. The common misconception is that performing sit ups will stabilize the spine when in reality it strengthens the rectus abdominis which has little stabilizing effect on the vertebral column. By properly learning to activate the transversus abdominus your low back pain can be resolved. At King Physical Therapy and Fitness we can establish a “core” strengthening program for you that will consist of only proven strengthening activities to target the transversus abdominis and the internal/external obliques. We also offer a “CORE” fitness class that targets your entire abdominal area. Please stop into one of our facilities for assistance, visit us at, or like us on Facebook for more information.

Most major insurances are accepted.