Balance Training for Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury
It’s estimated that 1.7 million TBIs or Traumatic Brain Injuries occur in the United States each year, resulting in 52,000 deaths and 275,000 hospitalizations. The three demographics that run a higher risk of suffering TBIs are children under the age of 4, adolescents between the ages 15-19, and the elderly typically over the age of 75. Despite their contrasting ages, these groups are all unified under a common trend. Suffering from a traumatic fall is the leading cause for patients being admitted to hospitals for TBIs. While almost 80% of individuals afflicted with a TBI are released from the ER with only mild concussion symptoms, falls can result in lingering physical and mental complications. Fortunately, there are preventative options out there to reduce a person’s chances of experiencing a tough traumatic brain injury.
The expansive field of physical therapy incorporates balance training- a useful tool when it comes to combating the risks of falling. Balance is an integral characteristic as it allows us to accomplish even the simplest of tasks such as tying shoes, getting up off a chair, or even walking- all activities that require effort from legs and core to perform. Balance training exercises are used to strengthen these vital groupings of muscles and help improve the body’s overall stability. These special exercises also come in various levels of intensity to better suit the patient’s goals- whether sports-related or more general. No matter the reason for pursuing the benefits of balance training, the patient is assured a lesser risk of suffering from an accidental fall.
The staff behind United Rehab Physical Therapy is fully supplied with all the necessary equipment and knowledge to provide the perfect balance training solutions to its patients. Our physical therapists work alongside each patient in a one-on-one environment to construct a personalized health plan and ensure each concern is properly addressed. With offices conveniently located in Ronkonkoma, Hauppauge, Shirley, and Farmingville, United Rehab PT has been servicing patients all across New York’s Suffolk County for years. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.