As people age, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely.
The Importance of Fall Prevention
Fall prevention is an important topic. As people age, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely. In fact more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and 20% to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. 75% of Americans older than 70 years of age are diagnosed as having abnormal balance. At Oasis Physical Therapy our therapists can help in risk reduction and fall prevention. If you are at risk for a fall our therapists can develop individualized physical activity plans to help improve your strength, stability, and mobility in order to alleviate your balance problems and promote fall prevention.
A balance problem exists when an individual has difficulty maintaining a stable and upright position. A range of factors can cause balance problems, including:
- Muscle weakness
- Joint stiffness
- Inner ear problems
- Certain medications (such as those prescribed for depression and high blood pressure)
- Lack of activity or a sedentary lifestyle
- Simple aging
The physical therapist can create a custom exercise program aimed at improving your balance, flexibility, muscle strength and gait.
How we handle Fall Prevention
Physical activity can go a long way toward fall prevention. Our therapists will work with you to incorporate activities that reduce the risk of falls by improving strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
If you avoid physical activity because you're afraid it will make a fall more likely, tell your doctor. He or she may recommend carefully monitored exercise programs or refer you to a physical therapist. The physical therapist can create a custom exercise program aimed at improving your balance, flexibility, muscle strength and gait.
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