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Top 5 Home Projects to Help Prevent Falls

Top 5 Home Projects to Help Prevent Falls

The following is a list of my top 5 home projects to help prevent falls. While staying home more often due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been jumping from project to project around my house. Things I had been putting off for months are now getting completed and it...
Staying Active during COVID-19

Staying Active during COVID-19

Staying active while sheltering in place during COVID-19 can be a challenge. For many of our patients at Equinox Physical Therapy in Sarasota, Florida everything has changed. Grocery shopping, exercising, playing golf, socializing, and eating at restaurants has been...
What are Balance Exercises?

What are Balance Exercises?

When a person is having a balance problem, they are often issued standing balance exercises that they practice at home. A proper evaluation by a physical therapist is needed in order to assess the abilities of the patient and to determine if the patient needs to start...
A Balanced Body for Sports and Life

A Balanced Body for Sports and Life

My name is Dr. Hannah Leatherman, and I work with Dr. Laura Wazen at Equinox Physical Therapy in Sarasota, Florida during the winter months. I am a trained vestibular therapist, which is a physical therapist who specializes in treating patients with dizziness and...
3 Falls in the Elderly

3 Falls in the Elderly

Falls in the elderly are not normal and should not be accepted as a fact of life.  This week, I had a patient who was 90 years old and told me that he was doing pretty well until this last year.  In the last 12 months, he has fallen 6 times!  These falls have happened...
Balance Therapy and Physical Therapy Goals

Balance Therapy and Physical Therapy Goals

Balance therapy is a generalized category of physical therapy exercises to help an individual improve their balance.  The ultimate goals of balance therapy are to prevent falls and increase a person’s functional abilities and independence, both at home and in the...