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Falls can result in serious medical complications including hip fractures and head injuries. In many cases, those who experience a fall have a hard time recovering and their overall health deteriorates. Statistics show that more than 40% of people hospitalized from a hip fracture do not return home and are not capable of living independently again. The good news is that, with adequate knowledge, falls can be prevented.
The Johns Hopkins Falls Prevention Clinic is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program that consists of doctors and therapists from multiple disciplines (including Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatrics, Neurology, ENT, Ophthalmology, and Orthopaedics who specialize in falls prevention. We comprehensively evaluate and give specific recommendations to the patient who has a history of falls for unknown reasons. We create customized patient care plans and give individualized recommendations.
We are uniquely qualified to evaluate the patient with a history of falls and give specific care recommendations to the patient and their primary care physician. If needed, referrals can be arranged to our affiliated departments and specialty providers who can further assist in fall prevention, and who have made themselves available to Falls Clinic patients for prompt appointments. Our goal is to improve your daily function and quality of life as soon as possible.
In This Section
- Initial Physical Evaluation
- Recommendations and Referrals
- Make An Appointment
- Our Team
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our team of specially trained physical and occupational therapists will evaluate your current capabilities to identify specific symptoms and signs that may need specialty referrals. You will be asked to complete a screening questionnaire prior to your initial appointment that will help determine which additional specialists you may benefit from seeing Our team will review your history and the therapy evaluations to provide you with a personalized and comprehensive care plan.
Your primary care physician will receive a letter with our team’s care plan, including recommendations on changes you can make at home and exercises that will strengthen your balance.
Based on the initial evaluation, our experts will recommend a referral to the appropriate specialists as needed. These specialists have expertise in falls prevention, and are available for quick access by Falls Clinic patients. These referrals could include:
- Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
- Neurology and Neurosurgery Center
- Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
To make an appointment for The Johns Hopkins Falls Prevention Clinic, please call 410-614-3234.
Monday - Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
We accept most major insurances and work closely with our clients to verify benefits and accommodate individual needs.
Jeremy Barron, M.D., Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology
John P. Carey, M.D., Otolaryngology
Vinay Chaudhry, M.D., Neurology
Kate Fortier, OT, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Michael Friedman, PT, MBA, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Jennifer Millar, PT, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Abhay Moghekar, M.D., Neurology
Pradeep Ramulu, M.D., Ophthalmology
Michael Schubert, PT, PhD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Anne Spar, PT, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Kristy Weber, M.D., Orthopaedics
Howard Ying, M.D., Ophthalmology
Kathleen Zackowski, OT, PhD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
David Zee, M.D., Neurology
What is the Johns Hopkins Falls Prevention Clinic?
The Johns Hopkins Falls Prevention Clinic is a unique, multidisciplinary program designed to address problems with balance and falls. We will start with a screening questionnaire to determine your needs and a physical and occupational therapy assessment.
Why should I come to Falls Prevention Clinic?
The Falls Prevention Clinic is designed for patients at risk of falls or with recurrent falls who want to prevent future falls and improve their quality of life. We will provide tools and recommendations to enhance your balance and reduce falls.
Who will see me when I come to the Clinic?
Your initial assessment will take place in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. A physical therapist and an occupational therapist will perform an evaluation designed to assess for falls and balance problems. Your assessment will be reviewed by a physician in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department who specializes in falls prevention. Specialty physician referrals are made when evidence suggests that a specialty evaluation is needed. We will send a report of our evaluation and recommendations to your primary care doctor.
What is the screening questionnaire?
The screening questionnaire helps us to identify any specialty referrals you may need. It was designed by a group of highly specialized physicians and therapists with expertise in balance impairments across different medical areas, including otolaryngology, ophthalmology, neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Where is the Falls Prevention Clinic located?
We are located in Meyer 1-130 of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Please contact 410-614-3234 for directions.
What kind of therapy will I receive?
You will receive specific recommendations about exercises to improve your balance as well as home safety modifications. You and your primary care physician will receive a letter with our specific care and treatment recommendations.
Why do I need to see a physical therapist and/or occupational therapist before a specialist?
This program is designed to be as comprehensive and efficient as possible in order to provide the best care. All patients will answer the screening questionnaire and will be evaluated by the physical and occupational therapists. This team is uniquely qualified to evaluate your history as well as current physical abilities. A referral to a specialist will then be made if appropriate.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Your doctor should fax the signed referral form to 410-614-0503. However, you will need to call 410-614-3234 to set up an appointment..
What if I have more questions?
If you have any questions, please call 410-614-3234 and we will be happy to assist you.