Falls can lead to a loss of independence, but they are preventable. Take steps to prevent falls and stay healthy, active, and independent.
Three Important Questions
- Have you fallen in the past year?
- Do you feel unsteady when standing or walking?
- Do you worry about falling?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you are at an increased risk of falling. If you answered no to all of the above, you may still be at risk.
Risk Factors for Falls
- Aged > 65 years
- Previous falls
- Poor balance
- Muscle weakness
- Postural hypotension
- Poor vision
- Fear of falling
- Difficulty walking
Chronic conditions, including arthritis, stroke, incontinence, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, dementia, depression, and osteoporosis.
Deficits in balance, gait instability, and muscle weakness represent the most important intrinsic fall risk factors in older adults.
Physical Therapy Can Help
Studies show up to 34% fewer falls
How we can help:
- Detailed examination and analysis of your balance, strength, and gait
- Discussion and identification of potential hazards in your home
- Multi-component exercise program consisting of:
- Balance training
- Aerobic exercise
Moderate intensity exercise performed 2 to 3 times per week can significantly reduce falls.