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Rehabilitation Strategies Normalize Balance Function in a Cohort of Patients Up to 99 Years!

Daniel A. Deems, MD, PhD, Rhonda O. Deems, PhD, Bert W. O’Malley, Jr, MD


Aging Vestibular System

Imbalance is a major health problem affecting 90 million Americans and is the primary risk factor in falls, which consume $50 billion annually in medical costs (US). A person is often unaware of their balance challenge and its potential impact on fall risk and subsequent injury. Even when balance deficits and fall risk are realized, older patients may not pursue intervention for their disorder due to a fatalistic view of their advanced age.


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COMPUTERIZED DYNAMIC POSTUROGRAPHY (CDP)

In this retrospective study, a cohort of older patients who had completed a course of vestibular rehabilitation therapy was studied for extent of recovery using computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) as the outcomes measure. The study group was comprised of sequential outpatients from a community-based balance treatment facility for whom pre- and posttherapy CDPs were available for analyses.


Patients had been referred for imbalance, vertigo, unsteadiness, and falls—age range 66 to 99 years. Balance function, measured by composite sensory organization test (SOT) CDP scores, improved on average 35%.


A subset 10 years above this eldest norm,(range 85 to 99 years), was then analyzed. Results revealed an improvement in balance function of 42%, with average post therapy SOT score of 74.2.


Data confirms that vestibular therapy programs can significantly recover, if not normalize imbalance even to age 99.


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The Benefits of Balance & Fall Prevention Programs

Given that the eldest participants were well above average life expectancy in the United States (78.9 years), this study could be used by allied health professionals to encourage older patients to engage in balance and falls prevention programs.

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FYZICAL is one of the top performing private practices in the country

FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers – formerly Gold Coast Physical Therapy is Palm Beach County’s leading provider of orthopedic physical therapy, post-operative rehabilitation, balance/dizziness therapy, fall prevention, injury prevention, & sports rehabilitation. Founded in Palm Beach County in 1998 by Mike Graves, it has grown into one of the top performing private practices in the country.

Graves takes a holistic approach to finding industry-related solutions. “Our current healthcare system is struggling and will require a shifted mind set from episodic treatment to true preventative and holistic-based care. This will not only lead to greater health, wellness and lifelong vitality but also decreased costs to an ailing system.”


DRIVEN BY PURPOSE AND VALUES

Every day Graves strives for his company to follow this notion and remember that “FYZICAL is an organization driven by purpose and values. Our core purpose is to prevent needless suffering and do all in our power to help our clients flourish. Our teams work tirelessly to assure the adoption of this mindset! It’s a cause worth fighting for.”

Mike Graves, FYZICAL Palm Beach County CEO

As we continue our growth in Palm Beach County, we are committed to providing preventive and interventional care in
the form of balance training, scientifically-based fitness programs, chronic care programs, laser and acoustic shock
wave care for chronic musculoskeletal pain & dysfunction, nutrition counseling, and so much more.


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Health and Vision Vitality

“Close your eyes…imagine a world where optimal physical health and vitality is the rule rather than the exception…you can practically feel the needless suffering melt away”.

Graves is confident that the skills and abilities of physical therapists can help make this vision a reality.


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Cutting Edge Physical Therapy Technology

FYZICAL also employs cutting edge technology in the treatment of dizziness, vertigo or balance issues. All our centers are equipped with computerized technology and Safety Overhead Support (SOS) Systems, providing an added level of safety for our patients as well as our clinicians. It also gives our patients the confidence they need to properly challenge themselves and see greater improvements in far fewer visits than with traditional physical therapy.


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FYZICAL would like to take the time to recognize our Team of Occupational Therapists here in Palm Beach County. Our outpatient setting is ideal for our Occupational Therapists specializing in the treatment of hand and upper extremity injuries. We welcome both surgical and non-surgical cases and are able to provide comprehensive treatment plans that include splint fabrication as needed.


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