Physical therapy for fall prevention in Norfolk, Virginia

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Meet with the best fall prevention physical therapists in Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia, Luna employs a team of highly-experienced physical therapists that specialize in preventing falls. Our PTs can work with you to improve your balance, boost your strength, and to help you feel more confident in your ability to walk safely.

The best part? With Luna, patients can receive physical therapy for fall prevention right in the comfort of the home (and on their own time). No trekking to and from clinics — Luna’s physical therapists will come to you.

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What is fall prevention?

Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Age-associated physical changes and deteriorating health can make elderly individuals more susceptible to falls. For this reason, and because elderly individuals are more likely to sustain injuries as a result of a fall, it’s particularly important, for many older adults, to have a fall prevention plan in place.

Removing home hazards, utilizing assistive devices, and making changes to one’s lifestyle are commonly employed methods by which to reduce one’s susceptibility to falls. Physical therapy represents a secondary (and often highly effective) strategy. Exercises designed to improve balance, flexibility, muscle strength, and gait can all help prevent falls.

Source: MayoClinic

Why do patients need fall prevention?

Most people fall due to a combination of unique factors, which is why a generalized fall prevention plan is a useful tool for older adults. Typically, falls are due to health-based risks, environmental risks, or specific triggers; they can also be caused by more than one factor.

Health-based risks include balance disorders, weakness, chronic illness, or poor vision. Environmental risks can include home hazards such as furniture or loose rugs, outdoor hazards like ice, or improper footwear. Specific triggers may include events such as a push or pull, or low blood pressure or blood sugar.

The most common causes of falls include:

  • Household hazards
  • Poor footwear
  • Balance disorders
  • Low blood sugar
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weakness

Source: Better Health While Aging

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Physical therapy for fall prevention

In the case of falls, prevention is the best medicine. That’s why working with a physical therapist can be a highly effective option for older patients who may be at elevated risk. A physical therapist will begin with a screening of your fall risk, which will include a review of your medical history, medications, and living situation.

Based on this evaluation, a physical therapist can create an exercise plan that will combine balance training and strength training with practical methods of fall prevention like wearing the proper footwear, adjusting your daily tasks, and removing risk factors from the home.

Source: MoveForwardPT
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Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

Across the Norfolk area, our therapists are at your service for in-home physical therapy sessions. In every neighborhood we operate in, we strive to deliver physical therapy at your doorstep, ensuring the utmost convenience for your PT experience.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

Luna works with a wide range of insurance plans, managing the benefits verification process on your behalf. When you choose Luna, your co-pay will always match the exact amount specified by your insurance plan for visiting a PT clinic. We're proud to accept all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Not at all—we want to ensure that patients can easily kickstart their physical therapy with us! New patients are always welcome, and for most, their initial at-home physical therapy session can be scheduled within 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists are available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week, ensuring flexibility for all our patients. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

At Luna, our therapists are seasoned practitioners, boasting a minimum of 3 years of professional practice, often with a wealth of additional experience. Each therapist undergoes a meticulous interview and thorough background check. We exclusively work with therapists who are wholeheartedly committed to delivering top-tier care to their patients.

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