Balance & Falls

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Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network utilizes Korebalance™ and Balance Master® equipment to assist patients in their fall prevention programs.


The Balance & Falls Program

The comprehensive evaluation assesses the following:

  • Objective balance tests with normative data – Berg Balance, Tinetti, Timed Up and Go, modified Clinical Test for Sensory Integration and Balance, Functional Reach, and gait speed.
  • Posture.
  • Functional limitations.
  • Pain, strength and range of motion.
  • Neurologic assessment of sensation, proprioception/kinesthesia and vestibular screens.
  • Safety of home environment.

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Therapy Options

Treatment Approach

  • Balance, gait and transfer training.
  • Exercise progression to restore function, strength and range of motion.
  • Progressive home exercise program.
  • Education on home environment to decrease fall risk.

The therapist will apprise the physician of the patient’s evaluation, including a normative data comparison, and will assist with recommendations for a plan of care. 

Specialized Equipment

HHRN utilizes Korebalance™ and Balance Master® equipment to assist patients in their fall prevention programs.

Korebalance™is a fully computerized balance trainer challenges individuals to stand on an unstable platform and perform a series of exercises for 8 to 12 minutes. The included software directs workouts, issues a score, and simplifies balance screening, assessment and training. Korebalance™ is ideal for strength, flexibility, agility training, and orthopedic rehabilitation, fall prevention and motor-skill training.

The interactive Balance Master® technology and clinically proven protocols allow the clinician to objectively assess patients performing tasks ranging from essential daily living activities through high-level athletic skills. The objective data aids in the design of effective treatment and/or training programs focused on the specific sensory and motor components underlying a patient's functional limitations.

Exercise protocols available on the Balance Master® can be tailored to meet individual patient needs and can be progressed as the patient's capabilities improve.

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  • A previous fall
  • Impaired gait and/or difficulty in transferring or getting up.
  • Use of 4 or more medications per day.
  • Postural hypotension
  • Foot or footwear problems such as pain, deformities.
  • Impaired lower extremity proprioception.
  • Inability to stand on one leg for five seconds.
  • Increased fear of falling

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