Effectiveness of physical therapy intervention in decreasing the risk of falls in a community dwelling aging population

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160675
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Effectiveness of physical therapy intervention in decreasing the risk of falls in a community dwelling aging population
Abstract:
Effectiveness of physical therapy intervention in decreasing the risk of falls in a community dwelling aging population
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2001
Author:Gordon, Joanne, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Southwest Missouri State University
Title:Professor
Contact Address:Department of Nursing, 335 Professional Building, 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO, 65804, USA
Contact Telephone:417.836.7601
In the population group aged 65 years and older, approximately one-third will experience a fall. Of those falls, twenty percent may result in serious injury. This on-going research study evaluated whether or not a physical therapy exercise program was effective in decreasing the risk of falling. A convenience sample of 25 senior citizens was selected. Informed consent was obtained, as well as permission from the primary care physician. Baseline data included blood pressure, height, weight, range of motion, sagittal plane posture, and neurological function. Balance was assessed using the Berg Balance Scale, the Functional Reach Test, and Timed Get Up and Go Test. After the initial screening, subjects participated in a six-week exercise program designed to improve postural alignment, strength and flexibility. Participants attended group exercises twice a week and exercised at home three times a week. At the end of the six-week period, subjects were reassessed using the same procedures completed during the initial evaluation. Participants reported any falls occurring during the exercise program and for six months after completion of the final reassessment. Initial data analysis indicates that fall risk can be decreased through physical therapy intervention, while also heightening the individual's awareness of the risk for falls.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEffectiveness of physical therapy intervention in decreasing the risk of falls in a community dwelling aging populationen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160675-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Effectiveness of physical therapy intervention in decreasing the risk of falls in a community dwelling aging population</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Gordon, Joanne, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Southwest Missouri State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Department of Nursing, 335 Professional Building, 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO, 65804, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">417.836.7601</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jmg230f@smsu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">In the population group aged 65 years and older, approximately one-third will experience a fall. Of those falls, twenty percent may result in serious injury. This on-going research study evaluated whether or not a physical therapy exercise program was effective in decreasing the risk of falling. A convenience sample of 25 senior citizens was selected. Informed consent was obtained, as well as permission from the primary care physician. Baseline data included blood pressure, height, weight, range of motion, sagittal plane posture, and neurological function. Balance was assessed using the Berg Balance Scale, the Functional Reach Test, and Timed Get Up and Go Test. After the initial screening, subjects participated in a six-week exercise program designed to improve postural alignment, strength and flexibility. Participants attended group exercises twice a week and exercised at home three times a week. At the end of the six-week period, subjects were reassessed using the same procedures completed during the initial evaluation. Participants reported any falls occurring during the exercise program and for six months after completion of the final reassessment. Initial data analysis indicates that fall risk can be decreased through physical therapy intervention, while also heightening the individual's awareness of the risk for falls.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:08:51Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:08:51Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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