Physical Therapy News

Reducing your chances for a fall, on eightWest

Falls and fall-related injuries, such as fractures, are a growing problem among older adults, often causing long term pain, reduced quality of life, and excess health-care costs.

Julie Blodgett and Zach Eddy stopped by the WOOD TV studios to talk with eightWest’s Rachael Ruiz about how physical therapy can help reduce your chances for a fall.

Reducing your chances for a fall, on eightWest

Tips to help reduce your risk for a fall

  • At night
    • Use motion activated night lights
    • Slowly change your position from laying to sitting and your let eyes adjust
    • Install safety rails or grab bars
    • Use a stool if you need assistance, to prevent slipping off the edge of the bed
    • Avoid caffeine or alcohol before bed to improve sleep quality
  • As the seasons change
    • Make sure you have good traction on your shoes
    • Plant both feet firmly on the ground before getting out of your car
    • Avoid letting leaves build up as they can be slippery when wet


You can view the entire segment below.

Factors that can increase your risk for a fall

  • Balance issues
  • Medications
  • Tripping hazards
  • Low blood pressure
  • Issues with your feet

How can physical therapy help?

Physical therapists can prepare a personalized exercise plan for you that focuses on balance and strength training, to reduce the risk for a fall. If you’ve taken a fall and have a fracture or broken bone, physical therapy is a great way to begin to heal because we can help decrease stiffness, increase range of motion, reduce pain and swelling, and help to restore the function that was lost.


If you’d like to talk with a physical therapist about reducing your risks for a fall, or pain that you’re experiencing as a result of a fall, we offer free consultations at each of our clinics and can often get you scheduled within the next business day. If you’re still wondering if physical therapy is right for you, give us a call today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Reducing your chances for a fall, on eightWest

View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV and eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about various topics: is physical therapy painful, pediatric constipation and bed wetting, back pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

Halloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Halloween is probably our favorite holiday around here. The honor of bragging rights for the winning clinic is not taken lightly so you can bet our teams begin thinking about how they can win months in advance – and this year they brought it!

Vote in the poll at the bottom of this post!

Allendale :: Up! Heading to Adventure falls with Carl, Russell, Dug, and Kevin! 

Halloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Caledonia :: They go together like avocado + toast

Halloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Cedar Springs :: The zoo crew is loose!
Halloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Comstock Park :: Up!
Halloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Coopersville :: The SandlotHalloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Grant :: Baby Shark… Do Do Do  You MUST click to see the video!
Halloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Lowell :: Oompa LoompaHalloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Norton Shores :: Three Blind MiceHalloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Sparta :: Three Blind Mice
Halloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Wayland :: The Price is Right!
Halloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Ionia :: Dominoes (These are our friends at Grand River Physical Therapy, they’re also part of the Ivy Rehab Network, just like us, and we’re so happy they wanted to participate in our poll!)
Halloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Vote Below! Check back on Monday to see who took home the win. Check out the 2018 contest here, the 2017 contest here, and the 2016 contest here.

A Heart-Warming Service Project

A Heart-Warming Service Project

There’s no better way to celebrate Physical Therapy Month than by doing a fun service project. Earlier this month we assembled our team and made 16 blankets to donate to a local organization that supports children in need.

A Heart-Warming Service Project

D.A. Blodgett has been helping children by preventing abuse and neglect since 1887. Whether a child is living in their home, foster care, with their adoptive family, or in residential treatment, D.A. Blodgett is there to restore their happiness, dignity, and belief that their dreams aren’t out of reach. Their mission is so powerful, we felt genuinely compelled to donate our service project to their organization this year.

A Heart-Warming Service Project

“I love that we’re able to help a local organization that helps so many kids and families in times of crisis. We may not be able to hug all those families in need but these blankets can be a close substitute.” – Lisa Otterbein-Bolek, Physical Therapist

A Heart-Warming Service Project

National Physical Therapy Month was designed to raise public awareness of the many health benefits offered by physical therapy, to people across the United States and around the world. We love using this month as an opportunity to serve others. In addition, we enjoy getting our team together and giving our time to a worthwhile cause.

A Heart-Warming Service Project

“Being an adoptive parent myself, I know how instrumental this organization is for our foster kids here in Michigan, many times these kids don’t have many belongings so to be able to provide them with a new, warm blanket is something I know they will cherish.” – David Sefton, Physical Therapist & Area Director

A Heart-Warming Service Project

“A blanket serves as not just a source of comfort to many children, but as a source of love and security. To be able to provide kids with these feelings is something I’m honored to be a part of. Thank you, D.A. Blodgett, for allowing us to serve you and the many children you support!” – Shelby Ruiter, PC

A Heart-Warming Service Project

“This was a simple service project but those blankets may stay with some of these kiddos for a very long time!” – Gina Otterbein, Physical Therapist & Regional Director
A Heart-Warming Service Project

Thank you to D.A.Blodgett for allowing us to be a part of your wonderful organization. This was truly a heart-warming experience for our entire team.A Heart-Warming Service Project

If you have a young one who is in need of pediatric physical therapy, look no further than Northern. We have a special place in our hearts for children of all ages. Click to schedule a free screening today.