Welcome to our Patient Education page!

Our team of professionals and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well-being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics, which can be found on the side of each page. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of our entire website, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided below.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

 

Many factors can cause balance and fall problems, particularly among older adults. In fact, one out of three seniors experiences a fall at least once each year. Leading risk factors for falls include:

  • Being age 65 or older
  • Prior history of falls
  • Pre-existing medical conditions, such as stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or diabetes
  • Dizziness, vertigo and unsteadiness resulting from inner ear imbalances (vestibular disorders)

After an initial assessment, the physical therapist will create an individualized program of exercises and activities designed to:

  • strengthen weakened muscles, particularly in the ankle, knee and hips
  • increase flexibility
  • regain lost range of motion
  • improve posture, upright stability and movement

The treatment plan often incorporates a walking regimen supplemented by balance, coordination and postural exercises.


Ozark Medical Supply

Toll Free P: 1-800-682-5510
Toll Free F: 1-866-370-6846

Ozark Plaza-Poplar Bluff
2725 N. Westwood Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
P: 573-686-5510
F: 573-686-6846

Cape Girardeau
760 S. Kingshighway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
P: 573-335-0153
F: 573-335-0156

Ozark
5102 N. 22nd St.
Ozark, MO 65721
P: 417-725-7558
F: 417-725-0311

St. Francis Medical Center Locations
Kneibert Clinic
686 Lester Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
 

Ozark Therapy

Ozark Plaza
2725 N Westwood Blvd Suite 17
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
P: 573-778-9348
F: 573-686-4870

Aquatic Therapy
2705 N Westwood Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
P: 573-778-9348
F: 573-686-4870

Ozark Fitness

2705 N Westwood Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
P: 573-778-FITT

Ozark Home Healthcare

2725 N Westwood Blvd. Suite 16
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
P: 573-778-FITT