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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 reviewwas 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 fractureswas decreased
by 27% and the number of falls that requiredmedical attentionwas 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.” At Fritz Physical Therapy, your initial physical evaluation may consist of several parts to better determine what your most problematic factors are. These may include vision tests, thinking tests, resting heart rate checks, active heart rate checks, and evaluations of your gait, balance, range of motion, and strength.
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