Anyone can fall, but the risk for falls increases as we age. Even falls that do not lead to injury can affect you. But some simple precautions and a little preparation can help prevent falls.
More than one-third of people over the age of 65 have at least one fall each year. Sight, hearing, muscle strength, and coordination may not be what they once were. Balance can be affected by diabetes and heart disease, or by problems with your circulation, thyroid, or nervous system. Other common medical conditions that increase your risk of falling include arthritis, cataracts, or hip surgery.
Even falls that do not lead to injury can have a negative effect on older adults. After a fall, older people often limit their activity because they are afraid they will fall again. When you reduce your exercise and movement, your body becomes weaker, which can, in turn, increase the risk of another fall.
There is evidence to support that multidisciplinary treatment (including physical therapy) approaches to balance are the most effective at preventing future falls. At PTSR we provide evidence based manual therapy and exercise programs to measurably improve balance and decrease your risk of falling.