Biodex Balance System SD
Biodex Fall Risk Assessment & Conditioning Program
The Biodex Fall Risk Screening & Conditioning Program is based on well-established science and uses technology to create an objective and efficient program. Modifying the factors that lead to falls will increase mobility and confidence, both critical to maintaining personal independence.
The program is a simple combination of risk-factor screening including analytical balance testing in conjunction with universally accepted normative data and medical protocols. If a patient is found to be at risk of falling, we have an array of interventions and exercises that can help restore balance and reduce the risk. Intervention is supported by patient education and exercise plans.
The Balance System SD can identify a potential problem in just two minutes. The Biodex Fall Risk protocol of balance exercise will improve an individual’s ability to remain upright under challenging conditions.
Biodex Fall Risk Assessment & Conditioning Program can help to:
- Determine if your patient is at risk for falls
- Identify the factors that puts the patient at risk
- Modify the risk factors
- Improve mobility
- Maintain Independence
In the United States one in three people aged 65 years
and older fall each year with the rates steadily
increasing as age increases.
As a physician, you know falls are one of the greatest
causes of serious health problems for older adults.
25% of patients over the age of 65 with hip fractures
die within six months, 25% will lose significant
function, and 50% experience a decrease in
mobility. Modifying the factors that lead to
falls will increase mobility and confidence,
both critical to maintaining a more
independent life style.
Studies show that balance training, gait, strength
and flexibility training not only improve mobility,
but also help reduce the risk of falling.
Three areas proven important in
assessing your patients’ risk of falling will be
addressed in this program.
Strength is a critical factor for a
rapid response to a balance
disturbance. Testing will identify
weakness and, if necessary, exercise
will significantly improve lower body strength.
As you know, normal balance is controlled
by a complex combination
of visual, muscular and
Together, these factors keep
us from falling when we
encounter an unexpected
disturbance. Testing and
appropriate exercise will
improve an individual’s
ability to remain upright
Older adults typically display a slower
walking speed. Steps are also shorter and
vary in length. These are all factors related to
falls. Independence is directly related to
walking speed. Testing and, if necessary,
exercise helps your patient learn how to walk more
safely and confidently.
A structured program that consists of eight visits
over a four-week period. The patient is evaluated
for specific risk factors known to contribute to
falling and decreased mobility.
- Health History
- Lower body strength & balance test
- Gait analysis & aerobic endurance test
Review results and recommendation of exercises
The test results from the evaluation are reviewed with
your patient. We will advise your patient if they are at risk of falling due to
physical limitation such as strength and/or balance.
If the cause is physical, we will plan an exercise
program for your patient’s individual needs. We will also help them identify
and eliminate environmental factors that they may
find at home or in their community.
Exercise targeted to improve strength, balance,
walking speed, step length, flexibility and
Instruction for simple exercises that can be done
at home will be suggested.
A report is provided to you and your patient
summarizing the effect of the four week