Between 2007 and 2016, fall related deaths have increased by 30%. And with the Center for Disease Control projecting this will increase to 7 fall related deaths per hour by 2030, this is a serious problem. Furthermore, one of of five people who fall, will sustain a serious injury. This equates to more than 300,000 people being treated in the Emergency Room for a fall related injury, every year.
Common Causes of Falls
- Decline in physical fitness.
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle.
- Medications. Certain medications, such as sedatives, anti-depressants, and opiods can increase dizziness and fall risk.
- Chronic diseases. Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and arthritis have all been linked with an increased risk for falls.
- Impaired Vision
- Environmental hazards. Poor lighting, clutter and loose carpets and rugs can all increase the risk of tripping and falling.
How Do I Reduce My Fall Risk
Physical Therapy can significantly reduce your risk for falls through a fall prevention program. This entails improving balance, and gait training. During these sessions, your will practice skills such as negotiating curbs, recovering your balance safely and improving your coordination.
Call today if you are concerned about your fall risk, and schedule an appointment with one of our trained Physical Therapists.