HEALTH & WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
GET BACK ON YOUR FEET WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY
Did you know that 1/3 of the population over 65 falls each year? Every 11 seconds, an older adult is rushed to the emergency room for a fall. Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 2.5 million adults were treated for nonfatal injuries in emergency departments in 2013. In older adults, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries. Most people don’t think about keeping their balance in shape until it is too late and they suffer a harsh fall. The good news is that most falls can easily be prevented, simply by the regular exercising of your balance system. If you have recently sustained a balance-related injury, it is important to seek the help of aphysicaltherapist immediately, inordertoavoidadditional injuries in the future. It is important to note that you should also contact a physical therapist if you have any of the following symptoms: • Dizziness or vertigo (“spinning” sensations, even when remaining still). • Difficulty walking in dimly lit rooms (or bathroom breaks in the middle of the night) • Avoidance of curbs or steps due to concerns with your balance • Greater frequency of “furniture surfing” around the house for balance • Difficulty getting up from the ground 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 • Increasing difficulty getting up from low seats • Increased frequency of “clumsiness” with walking
be at risk of sustaining a fall-related injury? If so, call FYZICAL today! 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:
• Advanced age. • Being female.
• Living a sedentary life. • Previous history of falls. • Vertigo or dizziness. • Parkinson’s disease. • Alzheimer’s disease. • Heart disease. • Diabetes.
• Previous stroke or heart attack. • Arthritis or alternative joint pain. • Problems with vision. • Problems with walking or staying balanced. • Fatigue. • Overall poor health.
Your physical therapist will assess your medical history to determine howmanyriskfactorstowardfallingyoumayhave.Theywilleducate 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.
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