Coastal Ortho

(207) 442-0325
14 Thomas Point Road
Brunswick, ME 04011

Balance and Fall Prevention

How is balanced achieved?

Balance is a group effort of the eyes, inner ear, joints and muscles. They each send signals to the brain about body position and head movement. Once these signals arrive, the brain processes this information and provides output for balance. Due to the multiple systems that contribute to keeping us balanced there are many circumstances that can influence these systems, for example, the natural aging process, illness, disease, deconditioning, pain and/or environmental factors.

Are you at risk for falls?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention falls are the leading cause of injuries among adults age 65 and older. For more information about falls in older adults please click here.

Have you been diagnosed with a vestibular disorder or suffer from dizziness/vertigo?

The vestibular system is a collection of structures in your inner ear that provides you with a sense of balance and an awareness of your spatial orientation, meaning a sense of whether you are right side up or upside down. Your brain then integrates that information with other sensory information from your body to coordinate smooth and well timed movements. If you have been diagnosed with an inner ear dysfunction or suffer from vertigo, we may be able to help!

Please take a minute to answer this fall risk questionnaire:

I have fallen in the past year
• I have been advised to use a cane/walker
• I feel unsteady when waking
• I hold onto furniture/walls at home
• I am worried about falling
• I need my hands to get up from a chair
• I have trouble stepping onto a curb
• I often have to rush to get to the toilet
• I have lost some feeling in my feet
• I take medicine that sometimes makes me feel light-headed or tired
• I take medicine to help me sleep/to improve my mood
• I often feel depressed
• I do not feel confident getting up and down from the floor
• I am dizzy/have been diagnosed with vertigo

If you answered yes to four or more of the above, you may be at an increased risk of falling.

We Can Help!

Our clinicians work closely with referring physicians and other medical personnel to provide the highest quality of care to each of our patients, while establishing a sound treatment plan. Our physical therapists and strength specialists who specialize in balance and fall prevention will work together with the entire health care team to improve safety and function.