Falls are a major health problem: Each year 1 in 3 adults 65 years or older falls. Twenty two to thirty percent of people who fall end up with significant injuries resulting in head trauma. hip fractures, lacerations and hospitalizations. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries
Poor balance leading to a fall can have devastating effects. According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 2.3 million elderly Americans go to the emergency room for fall related injuries per year. Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Older adults who have fallen previously, or who stumble frequently, are two-three times more likely to fall within the next year. For people ages 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury and death. Bone fracture is a common result of a serious fall. At least 95% of hip fractures among older adults are caused by falls. Falls can happen anywhere, but research shows that 50-60% of falls occur in or around the home. According to Ator GA, Eighty percent of people aged 65 years old and older have experienced dizziness and BPPV, the most common vestibular disorder.
According to the CDC, you can prevent prevent future falls by:
- Exercising regularly
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines. If you are taking 4 or more medications, this puts you at an increased risk for falls.
- Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year.
- Make your home safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside of the tub or shower, adding railings on both sides of the stairways and improving lighting in your home.
- Decreased Strength
- Decreased Flexibility
- Abnormal walking pattern
- Decreased Endurance
- Impaired Hearing/Vision
- Decreased Sensation
- Multiple Medications
- Neurological problems. These include stroke, multiple sclerosis, head injury, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury.
- Orthopedic problems such as previous joint replacement, spine, hip, knee or ankle injuries.
- Your self selected walking speed: also known as gait velocity, is the 6th vital sign! You gait speed correlates with functional ability, balance confidence, fall risk and mortality! Your walking speed even has the potential to predict your future health status.
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- Are you nervous to leave your home because you’re concerned about falling?
- Do you find yourself holding on to furniture or the wall to get between rooms in your house?
- Do you use an assistive device to walk?
- Do you often stumble or trip?
If you have answered yes to one of these four questions, it’s time to have a balance assessment!
Call (703) 690-2650 for more information
Back In Balance Assessment and Training Program Offers:
- Comprehensive balance assessment using valid and reliable balance tests
- Vestibular Screen
- Dynamic and static balance exercises
- Gait training
- Multiple sensory integration techniques
- Small group classes available
- Safe and effective strengthening routine
- Home exercise program
- Tips for home safety