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“I Have Trouble Getting Around Without Falling.” Here’s What You Need To Do To Correct Your Balance
Balance and dizziness disorders are serious health concerns impacting a large percentage of the population. Individuals with balance and/or dizziness problems often experience a frustrating cycle of physician referrals from one specialist to the next, mounting medical expenses, and no clear resolution of their problem. However, modern technology is offering new hope to these patients. Elite Physical Therapy has developed a program to identify and treat the source of a patient’s balance or dizziness problems with the help of some very specialized equipment. Patients at Elite Physical Therapy with balance problems, concussions, neurologic impairments (such as MS, Strokes, Parkinson’s disease, and head injuries), trouble withmobility, and dizziness problems can be tested on our Biodex Equitest system which consists of a highly sensitive force plate connected to a computer. The force plate measures the patient’s stability as they perform various tasks designed to objectively assess their ability to perform everyday tasks. Patients suffering from dizziness problems will also be assessed using Micromedical Goggles which assist in determining the cause of the dizziness. These goggles are fitted on the patient, similar in fashion to ski goggles, and then record the eye movements of the patient during specific tests. These test help to reveal if the dizziness may be the result of poor functioning of the inner ear, called the vestibular system. The most common cause of dizziness in people is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) which is a disorder arising in the inner ear. Its symptoms are repeated episodes of positional vertigo, in other words, a spinning sensation caused by changes in the position of the head. The Epley is a common maneuver used to correct BPPV; however, it is only one maneuver of approximately 16 that can be used to treat this condition. Once the cause of dizziness is determined by our physical therapist, an individualized treatment plan is developed and implemented to begin minimizing or eliminating dizziness.
“ More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways. Simple guided exercises can help prevent falls!” - cdc.gov
Solve Balance Problems Naturally At Our New Balance Center! Learn Techniques To Improve Your Balance
While you may already be coming to Elite Physical Therapy, you may not be aware that we recently launched an exciting new offering -- our Balance Center. Whether you are suffering from dizziness, hearing loss, vertigo or have a recent concussion or sports injury, our Certified Balance Therapists will work with you to create a personalized strategy to restore your balance and treat ongoing challenges. There is a new focus on improving balance as part of a holistic treatment plan to reduce the risk of falling, and our Balance Center is also fully equipped to perform the Medicare-required balance testing as well as offer treatment options should you patients need support. Schedule an appointment for the gait and balance program at Elite Physical Therapy or call us for more details today! CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT Assessment of balance remains an important part of any concession management program. A decreased ability to maintain postural sway is one of the hallmark signs of concussion, which often persists after cognitive symptoms
We have invested in specialized equipment that will help you restore your balance and reduce the chance of falling as you go through your day. Balance problems can occur suddenly, making you feel unsteady as you step off of curbs, as you enter and exit your vehicle, as well as hundreds of different challenges you may encounter in your daily life. Here’s a few of the items that we’ve added: Shuttles: Our shuttle is like a swinging bridge, and offers our Certified Balance Therapists a way to judge patients’ balance based on the movement of the bridge as they walk across it. Ceiling Harnesses: Patients will be able to confidently perform the balance exercises, secure in the knowledge that they cannot fall with our ceiling harnesses. Biodex Machine: Get moving and having fun at the same time with 30+ games that encourage a solid body structure for balance. Virtual Reality: Don the virtual reality goggles and get ready to be in some (almost!) real-life situations that will test patients’ balance and keep them challenged to improve. Even if you don’t think you currently have problems with balance, it can’t hurt to have an assessment completed! Elite Physical Therapy is always looking for ways to bring the latest cutting- edge technology to our patients, and providing this preventative effort towards balance therapy is our most recent offering. Ask any staff member for more information!
subside. Biodex technology supports the assessment from baseline to post- injury with a detailed progress report to track recovery for an objective, return- to-play decision.
Do you want a natural solution to your pain? Gain your freedom from pain medication and avoid costly surgery with physical therapy! People who go to physical therapy experience: Naturally improve balance. Prevent future injuries. Be more active with your friends and family. Have more energy. Feel better at work.
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Think Elite FIRST Why You Need To Come In For Another Check-Up: 9 Balance confidently and securely 9 Sit for long periods comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active and healthy lifestyle TAKE CARE OF YOUR ACHES & PAINS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! 9 Move without pain 9 Bend and move freely
Professionalism is exceptional! “I love everyone at Elite Physical Therapy. I would like to thank each and every one of the staff at Elite for the kindness and patience they exhibited as I advanced forward in my therapy. Their professionalism is exceptional! I have never been to a place where everyone was so kind and helpful. I highly recommend Elite for anyone needing physical therapy. And once again, thank you Elite!” -Zonelle K.
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Practice Updates Certified Balance & Vestibular Therapists Now Available! Elite Now Has Harness Systems Takes the Fear of Falling Away!
Elite Physical Therapy now has harness systems! These systems takes the fear of falling away! Schedule your appointment now to start working on a healthy journey towards a more active and balanced life!
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Exercise Essentials Try these simple exercises to keep you moving... Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
SINGLE LEG STANCE - FORWARD Stand on one leg and maintain your balance. Next, hold your leg out in front of your body. Then return to original position. Maintain a slightly bent knee on the stance side. Repeat 5 times.
HIP ABDUCTION STRENGTHENING IN SIDE LYING While lying on your side, slowly raise up your top leg to the side. Keep your knee straight and maintain your toes pointed forward the entire time. The bottom leg can be bent to stabilize your body. Alternate and repeat 8 times.
Helps improve balance
Improves leg and hip strength
CASEY HORN, PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT Casey is a Physical Therapist Assistant at our Cool Springs location. She graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004. She then went on to complete her Associate of Science Degree for Physical Therapy Assistant at Volunteer State Community College. Casey is originally from Kansas City, MO, but she grew up in Hendersonville, TN. She moved to Murfreesboro when she attended school at MTSU. She had coached competitive and recreational gymnastics for seven years before she developed an interest in physical therapy. Casey married her high school sweetheart, Erik, and they welcomed a son Braxton, on March 15, 2010. She has worked with Elite since 2008.
Shelbyville: (931) 684-0027 Cool Springs: (615) 224-9810 Spring Hill: (931) 489-2022
KASEY CARTWRIGHT PARSONS PT/CEO
Shelbyville 1116 North Main Street Shelbyville, TN 37160 Phone: (931) 684-0027 Fax: (931) 684-0112
Cool Springs 3310 Aspen Grove Drive, Ste 202 Franklin, TN 37067 Phone: (615) 224-9810 Fax: (615) 224-9844
Spring Hill 5290 Main Street
Spring Hill, TN 37174 Phone: (931) 489-2022 Fax: (931) 489-2036
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