Our Reddy Care physical and occupational therapists can help prevent falls with evaluation, education, and development of individualized treatment plans including exercises to improve strength, mobility, and balance.
Many of these risk factors are preventable. As obvious as it may sound, a lack of knowledge about risk factors and how to prevent them contributes to many falls. Some people believe that falls are a normal part of aging, and as such are not preventable. Lack of knowledge leads to a lack of preventive action, resulting in falls.
Facts About Falling
- Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility.
- Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months unless they take preventive measures.
- 1 in 3 seniors above the age of 65 will fall at least once this year.
- A decrease in bone density contributes to falls and increased risk of injuries.
- Many falls occur because of dizziness or gait balance issues.
- Falls among the elderly reduces their ability to lead an active and independent life style.
- The risk of falling increases with age and is greater for women than for men.
Lack of Physical Activity
Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility. All contribute to falls and the severity of injury due to falls.
Many seniors are afraid of getting up to walk or do anything active because the fear of activities that were easy to do like driving, going for walks with family, gardening and even household activities will be more difficult and falling stops them. This can lead to muscle weak muscles, less strength in legs and pelvic area and over time can lead to feeling more tired and immobility compromised. Don’t let this happen to you! You can preserve your balance and remain independent.
- Our therapists can create a routine best for you to improve your muscle strength and inner balance.
- Take a balance screening test. Identifying balance issues sooner and treating it can greatly reduce the chances of falling.
- Engage regularly in exercise designed to increase muscle and bone strength, and to improve balance and flexibility. Many people enjoy walking and swimming.
Contact Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy to answer any of your questions!
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