Appointments: 515-271-1700

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Balance and Fall Prevention

Diminished balance and resulting falls can be reduced with physical therapy. Loss of balance is multifactorial and can be the result of muscle weakness, sensory loss, decreased vision, vestibular abnormalities (the inner ear and central nervous system area that controls the position of the body in space), medication use and/or cognitive dysfunction. If you notice you are becoming fearful of falling, have fallen, or are having difficulty with balance, our physical therapists will assess and determine the best treatment for your needs.

Assessment and treatment plans

Our balance and fall prevention program includes assessment and treatment of your vestibular system, strength training, balance challenges, and education for the home environment. We have state of the art equipment to train your body to accept balance challenges and to adapt. When adaptation is not possible due to age or cognitive decay, our physical therapists will outline activities and modifications to make the environment as safe as it can be.

Diabetic care and injury prevention

Physical therapy can help in the management of foot care through multiple treatment methods with the goal of injury prevention. A common source of injury is falling, which can cause superficial tissue injuries like cuts and bruises, as well as more deep injuries like sprains and fractures. Physical therapy can help promote healthier mechanics by improving strength and range of motion to reduce the risk of falls.

Appointments 515-271-1717
Hours Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

Falls and Concussions in Older Adults

“Help, I’ve fallen and can’t get up.” Many of us have heard this catchphrase from the Life-Alert commercials, but for some older adults these commercials touch on a very real fear: falling. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and …

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7 Concussion Myths and Misconceptions

This article was co-authored by Des Moines University students Brittney England, D.P.T.’21 and Jordan Wachter, D.P.T.’21. Concussions are a hot topic in our society that affects children, athletes, and adults of all ages. Understanding the best care and treatment is …

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Prevent falls on snow and ice: Walk like a penguin

The winter weather forecast for Iowa is here, and along with it snow and ice. Parking lots, sidewalks and driveways can be slippery no matter how well snow and ice are removed, so make sure you “walk like a penguin” …

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Is a vestibular disorder making your head spin? DMU Physical Therapy Clinic can help

Do you suffer from dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness or imbalance? Is it affecting your quality of life? You may be among the estimated 69 million Americans ages 40 and older who have vestibular disorders, which also can affect people of any …

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Exercise your inner ears to alleviate vertigo and balance issues

Your ears play a major role in balance and movement. The organs in your inner ear make up the vestibular system and sense the position of your head in space. The vestibular system works together with your vision and somatosensory …

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Three steps to living free of the fear of falling

For most of your life, falls are no big deal: a small bruise, a scraped knee, a sore hip. As you age, falls become more frequent and more dangerous. One out of three older adults fall each year. One out …

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Physical Therapy Clinic launches fall prevention program

Des Moines University Physical Therapy Clinic is adding another exercise class to its growing list of offerings. With Tai Chi for Arthritis and Active Older Adult Exercise, the PT Clinic has already made a commitment to the health and wellness of …

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Awareness, activity crucial to preventing falls in seniors

“I’ve fallen…and I can’t get up!” You might remember that famous line from a campy 1990s TV commercial. But it’s more than just a memorable catchphrase; it represents a serious health problem for older adults. Falls are the leading cause …

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Event aims to prevent falls through social activities that improve balance

Suffering a fall can injure much more than one’s pride. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries — such as hip fractures, head traumas and lacerations. Fortunately, exercises to promote balance and prevention efforts …

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Finding your balance

Have you ever fallen? Do you ever feel unsteady or unsure of your balance? Statistics show that of people over the age of 65, 30% will fall in one year and of those 80 years or older, 50% will fall …

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