provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Island Therapy Center, 2242 Periwinkle Way, will be offering free balance screenings during September in observation of Fall Prevention month. The physical therapists at Island Therapy Center frequently treat patients with balance and dizziness disorders, and with injuries resulting from falls.
Early recognition and treatment of balance problems has been shown to reduce falls and associated injuries, including fractures. Education regarding fall prevention, balance and strengthening strategies, home safety and getting up from a fall, may be included in the appointment. The osteoporosis program, balance program and vestibular rehabilitation programs at Island Therapy Center also address these issues.
“We would much rather work with an individual on restoring balance and strength, than after a serious, but possibly preventable, fracture”, says Rachel Tritaik, PT, CLT, LMT, owner of Island Therapy Center. “We have seen a reduction in balance, strength and endurance in many of our patients, in part due to a more sedentary lifestyle and limited activity during the pandemic. Treatment of these conditions is covered by most Medicare plans.”
Free screening appointments, with a licensed physical therapist, can be scheduled at 239-395-5858 for anyone concerned about maintaining or improving their strength and balance. The clinic continues to follow CDC guidelines at this time, with masks required in all common areas.
Island Therapy Center is an independent physical therapy clinic, offering full-service physical therapy, massage therapy and Pilates sessions, and is a Medicare Participating Provider. The clinic, open since 2009, is owned by Sanibel resident Rachel Tritaik, PT, CLT, LMT.
I would also suggest that people with balance problems get checked for Acoustic Neuroma which can cause balance problems.