TOMAH — Physical therapists at Tomah Memorial Hospital will provide complimentary balance screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 in hospital’s Rehabilitative Services Department
The screenings are intended for older adults but are open to anyone who feels at risk for falling, said TMH physical therapist Emily Wall.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older residents, and statistics show that Wisconsin has the second-highest rate of death from unintentional falls in the country, more than double the national average.
The balance screenings are intended to determine a person’s risk for falling and offer preventive measures.
Therapists will use a high-tech Biodex Balance System, which Wall said can help to reduce a patient’s risk of falling.
Patients to be screened should be able to tolerate walking 25 to 50 feet without having to sit down and rest. Each screen should last 20-30 minutes. Appointments are required by calling TMH Rehabilitation Services at 608-374-0330.