A Case Study on Assessing Balance in an Older Adult with NeuroCom
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Falling is the most common mechanism of injury as well as the leading cause of death from injury in people who are older than 65 years. This is a serious issue for the geriatric popu lation because the frequency in falls increases with age. This increase is due to the increased li kelihood of degenerative or infectious diseases, or the effects of injuries accumulated over time. Although falling has been a recurring problem from generation to generation, there is greater an ticipation of falls now that the baby boomer generation is transitioning into older adults. An awareness of the dangers of falls is essential for older adults to sustain functional independence, to prevent falling, and to minimize injuries. There are effective treatments available by physical therapists who are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment o f balance disorders. A single case study was conducted and analyzed using NeuroCom and a variety of balance tests to study the physiological and anatomic factors that contribute to poor balance.