Physical Therapists Boost Falls Prevention Programs as our Nation Quickly Ages - 11-06-17
This year, one-third of all Americans 65 years old and older will experience a fall. Some will quickly brush off the dirt and go about their day, but others won’t be so lucky. The physical therapy profession has long been involved in fall-prevention efforts, guiding our seniors to ambulate safely, maintain mobility longer, and be more independent.
Falls rank among the top burdens on our healthcare system—with $34 billion shelled out for fall-related injuries in 2013 alone—and threaten the health of our nation. Falls land a member of our nation’s elderly population in the emergency department every 13 seconds, and every 20 minutes an older adult dies from fall-related trauma, reports a survey conducted by Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering.
Moderate to severe injuries incurred during a fall can lead to further health declines and loss of independence among our seniors. A team approach with a solid foundation of communication is crucial to adequately prepare for the steady stream of baby boomers crossing the 65-year-old threshold. As part of a medical team, PTs are trained to identify each patient’s risk factors, provide education and preventive strategies, and address impairments. The biggest risk factors for a fall include balance/strength impairments, medication interactions, safety issues in the home and community, and visual impairments.
A new study published in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in February 2016 titled “Exercise and Fall Prevention: Narrowing the Research-to-Practice Gap and Enhancing Integration of Clinical and Community Practice,” reinforces the premise that falls are preventable with risk assessment and exercises that incorporate elements of balance, gait, and strength training. In fact, the study says, exercise has been shown to reduce the incidence of falls by up to 40%.
This could be music to the ears of U.S. adults who expressed concern in the Carnegie Mellon survey about an older parent falling, 54% of 1,900 participants to be exact. A PT exercise program to prevent falls among the elderly includes core strengthening, lower extremity resistance exercises and balance training.
The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study also reveals some of the evidence-to-practice challenges in addressing this global public health crisis. Falls and their associated healthcare costs can be reduced by better integrating research on exercise intervention into clinical practice and community programs, the study says.
As healthcare increasingly embraces prevention and wellness strategies, strong communication between physicians, physical therapists and other key stakeholders will help to capture our elders most at risk for falls. Education, risk assessment, evidence-based falls prevention classes in the community and skilled physical therapy interventions are the basis for a solid plan of attack.
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Pain Profile: Self-Assessment - 10-06-17
Many Americans have severe pain that limits their mobility and quality of life. If you or someone you know is suffering from pain that is inhibiting their daily lives look into the pain profile worksheet below. We encourage you to log your symptoms, when you have pain, where the discomfort is located, and for how long you are dealing with the pain. After taking note of your symptoms for five days, take this to your physician or physical therapist for them to look this over and assess a quality treatment plan to get you back to a healthy, good quality life!
Congratulations Mark Blackburn, PT, DPT!
Extending the Reach of Physical Therapy: Mark Blackburn, PT, DPT, owner of Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy (Stephenville, Weatherford, Aledo)
Stephenville, TX- September 11, 2017- The Evidence In Motion (EIM) Institute of Health Professions would like to recognize Mark Blackburn, PT, DPT of Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy for completing the Executive Program in Practice Management with a Post Professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
EIM’s Executive Program is an MBA-style, 12-month educational program for physical therapists that provides training in practice management and business administration. It is the first program of its kind within the physical therapy profession and is designed to enhance the business savvy and sophistication of private practice physical therapy by teaching evidence-based business. Physical therapists who complete the program gain industry specific knowledge and best practice solutions in the areas of strategy, leadership, human resources, marketing, finance, legal, and business development. The ultimate outcome of the program is designed to enhance the role of physical therapists in the delivery of cost effective health care.
“The greatest benefit of the Executive Program is the expanding community of practices that continue to collaborate and cross consult with each other well after the completion of the 12-month course,” states Larry Benz, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, EIM owner, and Executive Program Director. “We are very proud of these graduates who are now better equipped for the challenging environment. We are fortunate to have an ongoing strategic partnership with the Private Practice Section of the APTA which has broadened our reach of private physical therapy practices.”
The curricula are modeled after many of the top executive MBA programs in the country, utilizing a combination of online didactic and collaborative educational experiences in a series of weekend intensive on-sites. Based on educational research, the hybrid model of online education and on-site intensives demonstrates a best-in-education approach. This is the exact approach that EIM was founded on and has successfully used to graduate over 500 physical therapists in its APTA Credentialed Residency and Fellowship Programs.
Mark has developed a strong knowledge of evidence-based business and best practices and has integrated this knowledge into Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy. Not only will Mark strengthen his practice to obtain competitive advantages in the market place, but he will also strengthen the private practice community as a whole. Mark also received a Post Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the EIM Institute of Health Professions upon completion of the program by completing advanced coursework in Radiology, Medical Screening, Pharmacology and Evidence-based Practice.
With the added knowledge and experience Mark gained from completing EIM’s Executive Doctorate Program, his practices will now provide physical therapy at a higher level to the Stephenville, Hico, Dublin, Weatherford, Aledo and surrounding communities.
For more information, visit www.evidenceinmotion.com or call 1-888-709-7096.
About Evidence In Motion:
Evidence In Motion (EIM) is an education and consultation company that exists to elevate the role of physical and occupational therapists in health care delivery by providing premier entry-level and post-professional education programs for rehabilitation professionals. They emphasize flexible educational offerings that feature the perfect blend of online and hands-on training from world-renowned educators with extensive experience in teaching, research, and business. EIM offers Continuing Education, Residency (Orthopaedic, Sports, Geriatric and Neurologic*), Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship, Post Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Certificate training programs (Manual PT, Sports PT, Pain Science, Geriatric, Industrial Health, Pelvic Health, Balance and Falls, Cardiac Conditioning, Concussion Screening/Management, Athletic Performance, and Executive Program in Practice Management). For more information, please visit evidenceinmotion.com. You can also find EIM on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, @EIMTeam.