Falls are the 6th leading cause of death in those older than 65 and 1st for those older than 80
Factors that contribute to falls are history of falls, age, medication use, chronic pain, cognitive impairments, impaired balance, hypotension, decline in LE function, Urinary tract infection, illness, and environmental factors.
Neuromuscular Electric Stimulation – increase strength in key muscle groups to improve balance to prevent falls.
Work with Patients that are having trouble with:
- Difficulty with sit to stand transfer
- Falls/pushes backwards when standing
- Transfers from various surfaces
- Knee buckles with gait
- Falls from wheelchair/ bed
- Small steps