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Fall Prevention Therapy Program

Falls are a leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in adults aged 65 and above. According to the CDC, each year 2.8 million such people are treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries. Also, over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of an injury caused  by a fall, most often a head injury or hip fracture. More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. Also as per CDC, the direct medical costs for fall injuries is 31 billion dollars annually.

Greendale Physical Therapy offers an evidence-based fall-prevention program. Our aim is to help decrease falls for people most likely to fall and be injured by a fall, and in so doing to reduce healthcare bills that could have been avoided, and to increase quality of life.

Evaluation and Assessment: 

Our physical therapists evaluate patients on their first visit to us. A detailed evaluation helps to assess the risk of falls. Examination and evaluation includes the following features:

  • Detailed history, including history of recent falls, and use of assistive devices
  • Assessment of flexibility and strength
  • Specific standardized balance tests (5x sit to stand, TUG, Berg, DGI). You, our patient, will be given a score and will be categorized as being at a low, medium or high risk of falling.
  • Based on the evaluation and assessment, we will help design a plan with your individual goals.
  • Frequency of the program will be 2-3 sessions per week depending on one’s scoring and needs. Duration will be 4-8 weeks, based on your needs.

Fall Prevention Treatment Sessions:

Each fall-prevention treatment sessions will be broken into 3 parts under the supervision of the treating therapist:

  • Endurance training
  • Gentle stretching and strength training
  • Balance training


We will re-evaluate you at 4 weeks and all the tests will be repeated. You’ll be scored again, based on the re-examination. You and your physical therapist will discuss continuation of physical therapy, depending on the extent to which you’ve met your goals. When appropriate, we will give you a basic HEP (home exercise program) at for continued strength and conditioning.

Contact Greendale Physical Therapy to get started

You don’t have to wait for your doctor to provide you with a referral. You can reach out to our office to make an appointment right now, and we’ll work with your insurance company.

Contact Greendale Physical Therapy today to discuss your needs and goals.  We have 4 convenient locations, in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Clinton, and Marlborough.

Greendale Physical Therapy, LLC helped me regain the strength in my ankles and feet to keep me walking and continue to exercise and golf. The staff are all well skilled, pleasant, and supportive. I would highly recommend them to my friends for PT. They are a great group!

Clinton Patient

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Shrewsbury Clinic

280 Boston Turnpike
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

T: 508-753-7780
F: 508-459-5900

Worcester Clinic

120 Gold Star Boulevard
Worcester, MA 01545

T: 508-459-5000
F: 508-459-5900

Clinton Clinic

145 Church Street
Clinton, MA 01510

T: 978-598-3155
F: 508-459-5900

Marlborough Clinic

435 Lakeside Avenue
Marlborough, MA 01752

T: 508-488-4110

Fitchburg Clinic

28 Ashby State Road,
Fitchburg, MA 01420

T: 978-400-3690


766 Main Street Worcester,
MA 01610

T: 508-459-5000
F: 508-459-5900

Physical Therapist Assistants

Kim Barrow

MS, BS, PTA, Aquatics Director

Southern Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Exercise Science
MassBay Community College, Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Areas of Clinical Interest
lower back pain and disk conditions, aquatics, chronic pain, post surgical rehab, balance issues

Certifications + Trainings
Certified ACE Personal Trainer, Craniosacral Level I, Graston Technique Levels I & II.

Trained in Burdenko Method, Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute (ATRI), Kinesiotaping, Biosynchronistics, Maitland Technique, Mulligan Concept, Functional Movement Assessment (FMA), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Muscle Energy Techniques of the Spine and Extremities

Ross Beaudette

BA, PTA, CSCS, Worcester Clinic Manager, Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE)

Worcester State University, Bachelor of Education
New England Institute of Technology,  Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant 

Areas of Clinical Interest
sports rehab, injury prevention, ergonomics, post-surgical, footwear assessment and prescription

Certifications + Trainings
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation certification, Matheson work hardening certification, ACE personal trainer, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Active Release Technique (ART), Mulligan technique, McKenzie Technique, myofascial release, Muscle Energy Techniques of the Spine and Extremities

Nicolette Bender


University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Exercise Science
Becker College, Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant 

Areas of Clinical Interest
Rehab Pilates, pre and post natal, postural re-patterning, injury prevention, stability training

Certifications + Trainings
STOTT PILATES, NSCA-CPT, TRX, Biosynchronistics, Core Integration, Craniosacral therapy (CST Level 1 & cervical spine), Total Barre, CORE Athletic Conditioning, Diaphragm Release Techniques, Myofascial Release Therapy, Mulligan Techniques for the Extremities, Muscle Energy Techniques for the Spine and Extremities. ISP (injury and special population) focus that includes pre and post natal, scoliosis programming, & breast cancer rehabilitation. 

Alexandra "Allie" Hagan


Salem State University, Bachelor of Athletic Training
Bay State College, Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant 



John Hannon


New England Institute of Technology, Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant 

Areas of Clinical Interest
Back pain, footwear/gait assessment, balance/fall prevention, total joint replacement, workplace ergonomics/postural re-ed, injury prevention, aquatics

Certifications + Trainings
Summit certification in evidence-based assessment and treatment for TMJ, Blood Flow Restriction Training, cervical spine dysfunction, and headaches/post concussion


Katharine Osborne


Mount Wachusett Community College, Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant

Areas of Clinical Interest
Manual therapy, myofascial release, lower back pain, shoulder and knee injuries, neck pain, kinesiology, trigger point therapy, patient education

Certifications + Trainings
Graston Technique M1-Basic Training