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Fall risk screening,conditioning program and vestibular screening

Jamie Cehlar, DPT, physical therapist with St. Luke’s Hospital’s Outpatient Rehabilitation, recently obtained specialized intensive training in vestibular rehabilitation through Emory University, a leader in vestibular rehabilitation research. She attended training, thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation, with 166 other students from around the world. This evidenced-based program has enhanced therapists’ skills in vestibular deficits, gait and balance, fall risk, and the functional assessment of patients. With a large population of elderly patients in Polk County and the surrounding areas, balance, dizziness and related falls are a major concern at St. Luke’s.

“Attendance at this training has enabled St. Luke’s physical therapy department to build upon our existing balance program and enhance it to include vestibular conditions,” McDermott said.

“This training will enable St. Luke’s to offer an entirely new service to the community.  We are excited about this program and very thankful to the Polk County Community Foundation for their support.”

“People need to know that falls are preventable, vestibular issues are often treatable and there are simple tests to determine if you’re at risk of falling,” McDermott said. “It’s important to discuss falls, since some people can face serious life consequences after falling, such as disability and loss of independence, which may be averted only through fall prevention.”

St. Luke’s Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Center is hosting a free, balance and vestibular screening on July 24 and July 31, from 8 a.m. until noon. Appointments are necessary so call 894-8419 to schedule your free, balance and vestibular screening today.

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