PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN REDUCE YOUR FALL RISK
Do you frequently notice an imbalance, dizziness, or unsteadiness that makes you feel as if you may fall over at any given time? Have you suffered from a fall in the past? Are you worried that you may be at risk of sustaining a fall-related injury? If so, contact Eastside Sports Rehab today so we can help you figure out the root of your problem and treat it accordingly. AM I AT RISK OF FALLING? Some people have a higher risk of falling than others. Certain risk factors include:
Your physical therapist will assess your medical history to determine how many risk factors toward falling you may have. They will educate you on what these factors mean, as well as steps you can take to decrease your risk. After this, they will perform a thorough physical evaluation to figure out what the best treatment plan for you will be. HOW WILL PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP REDUCE MY FALL RISK? A recently published systematic review by Cochrane, comprised of over 100 randomized controlled trials, supports exercise interventions as an effective treatment method for patients with an increased risk of falling. The average age of patients in this review was 76, and 77% of the patients were women. Results concluded that those who participated in exercise interventions had a 23% decrease in falls as compared to the control group. Fall risk was also reduced at 21-24%, depending on if treatments were done in individual or group settings. The risk of fall-related fractures was decreased by 27% and the number of falls that required medical attention was decreased by 39%. Concluding statements from the authors demonstrated how overall, “Exercise reduces both the rate of falls…and the number of people experiencing falls.”
pain. • Problems with vision. • Problems with walking or
disease. • Alzheimer’s disease. • Heart disease. • Diabetes. • Previous stroke or heart attack. • Arthritis or alternative joint
• Advanced age. • Being female. • Living a sedentary life. • Previous history of falls. • Vertigo or dizziness. • Parkinson’s
• Fatigue. • Overall poor health.
EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Perform This Exercise To Improve Balance
BALANCE ANKLE STRATEGY Stand with good posture. Sway backwards and forwards keeping your knees and hips straight. Maintain your balance by using your ankles. Sway for 30 seconds. Rest. Repeat 5 times.
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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
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