A fall can result in an injury and a decrease in your ability to do your everyday things. Falls can diminish an individual’s ability to live an independent life. According to the CDC over 800,000 patients, a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury. Falling once also doubles your chances of falling again.
One of the most serious fall injuries is a broken hip. Each year 300,000 older people – those 65 and older – are hospitalized for hip fractures. More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. After suffering a broken hip, it makes it nearly impossible for people to live on their own.
While falls can happen anywhere, more than half of them happen in an individuals home. Here are some suggestions to lower your risk of falling.
Improve Fall Safety:
- Stay physically active
- Watch for warning signs
- Remove risks at home
- Repot a fall
Preventing a fall can be done by seeing a physical therapist. Physical therapy can improve your balance, muscle strength, and endurance. Our physical therapist can help develop a specialized program for each patient to remain independent.
Physical Therapist’s Objectives in a Fall Prevention Program:
- Increase independence with daily activities
- Increase independence with functional mobility
- Decrease fall risks
- Prevent future falling
- Increase safety
Read more about the fall prevention programs that will keep you on your feet here.
Every fall that occurs should be reported to a health care professional. Our physical therapists are trained professionals ready to help improve your quality of life through fall prevention programs. Additionally, if you have a history of falling, loss of balance, or are worried about falling, you should see a physical therapist. Our experts will also take the time to educate you on how you can best manage your risks of falling. If you are worried about falling, our physical therapist will be able to work with you to gain your confidence back and help you get back to the activities you may be avoiding because you are afraid of falling.