Fall-Related Injuries — Not a Normal Part of Aging
Each year, more than 1.6 million older U.S. adults go to emergency departments for fall-related injuries.* In fact, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence, and injury deaths. That said, it’s important to understand that falls don’t “just happen,” because you or a loved one is getting older. More often than not, there’s an underlying cause or risk factor involved in a fall. Risk factors include physical conditions such as a medical problem or chronic disease. Other risk factors are environmental–loose electrical cords and rugs, clutter, poor lighting, inadequate hand rails on steps or in the bathroom, and incorrect use of walking aids, to name just a few.
Now is the time to get fit
The good news is it’s never too late for you or a loved one to start exercising and reduce risk for a fall! In fact, adults who take up exercise later in life often show greater physical and mental improvements than their younger counterparts. Exercise improves strength, flexibility and posture, which in turn will help with balance, coordination, and reducing the risk of falls.
We can help you avoid fall-related injuries
At Harrison Physical Therapy, we are happy to offer balance therapy and fall prevention programs tailored to your specific needs. We never want you to give up and staying fit!