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South County Physical Therapy, Inc. provides educational program to reduce fall-related injuries in older adults

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For Immediate Release: November 11, 2016

Contact Information:
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-389-9912, *protected email*

MARLBOROUGH _ On Monday, November 7, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) continued its mission of providing free health and wellness awareness programming for the benefit of the community, with an educational presentation for residents of Sisters of St. Chretienne. The program was held at 197 Pleasant Street in Marlborough and shined a spotlight on improving mobility, falls prevention, and restoring and maintaining overall fitness health.

Nancy Siegal PT, MS, Director of SCPT’s Worcester location, and Physical Therapist Assistant Donna Haglund Layman, provided seniors with a hands-on demonstration, focusing on improving bone health and reducing the risk of falls and fractures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.8 million individuals receive emergency room treatment each year for fall-related injuries, and 300,000 older adults experience a hip fracture resulting in hospitalization.

“For an older adult, a fall resulting in a fracture could lead to loss of independence, range of motion, and increased pain with movement. It’s important to take proactive steps to avoid trips and falls, before a patient requires rehabilitation therapy, to regain strength lost from a broken bone,” said Siegal.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that falls are the number one cause of non-fatal and fatal injuries for seniors in the United States.

“SCPT did an excellent job of connecting with the residents of Sisters of St. Chretienne and educating them on fall prevention,” said Sisters of St. Chretienne Activity Director Cornelia Coley. “Falling is a significant concern for our residents, so this educational program was very well received,” Coley added.

South County Physical Therapy, Inc. utilizes the acclaimed MEEKS Method to combat the progression of decreased bone health and to treat the effects of osteoporosis and osteopenia. The comprehensive treatment plan offers many benefits to patients, including improved posture, balance, strength, and flexibility, all of which are vital components to a decreased risk of falls and fractures.

“The residents were engaged and eager to learn. SCPT’s goal is to help as many seniors as possible to improve their balance and avoid fall-related injuries,” said Layman.

SCPT is a steadfast supporter of healthy communities and has offered free educational resources to schools and universities, senior centers, assisted living facilities, and businesses. To schedule an educational program or presentation with SCPT, contact Eric Cardin at 508-389-9912.

For over 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street) and Worcester. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.

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