Long Term Effects of Repeated Falls
Falls and fall-related injuries, such as fractures, are a growing problem among older adults, often causing longstanding pain, functional impairments, reduced quality of life and excess health-care costs and mortality.
Even the fear of falling can diminish ones ability to lead a full and independent life. The possibility of experiencing loss of independence and mobility is enough to stop many seniors from participating in things most important to them.
Physical therapists utilize a variety of techniques and interventions to improve balance and stability , preventing falls and subsequent injuries.
Fall Recovery & Balance Training
The most effective physical therapy approach for the prevention of falls with injury in active older adults is regular multicomponent exercise; a combination of balance and strength training has shown the most success.
You can prevent falling by doing physical activities you enjoy and working with a physical therapist to improve your balance, muscle strength, and endurance.
Our Wellness Programs Can Help Prevent Futures Falls
Although 1 in every 4 older adults falls each year, falling is not a part of normal aging. A physical therapist can help you assess your risk factors and develop a plan to address them and remain independent by:
• Designing an individualized plan for your fall-prevention needs.
• Helping you make your home as safe as possible.
• Educating you about the medical risk factors associated with falls.
• Providing you with appropriate exercises and balance training.
• Working with other health care professionals to address any underlying medical conditions that could increase your fall risk.
• Providing you with recommendations on appropriate community programs.