Stand Tall Don't Fall
Did you know that 3 million adults over the age of 65 are treated in the emergency room for medical conditions caused by a fall? According to the U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of five falls result in a serious injury such as a concussion or broken bone. The last thing anyone wants to do is become another statistic so how do you minimize your likelihood of falling?
Why do people fall?
Research has identified many risk factors that contribute to people falling. Some of the most common risk factors are lower body weakness, difficulties with balance or walking, Vitamin D deficiency, medications, home hazards and inappropriate footwear.
What can you do to reduce your fall risk?
Did you know that exercise is one of the main ways you can reduce your chance of falling? Exercises that have you predominantly standing up such as tai chi reduced the rate of falls by 19% according to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Another way to reduce your chances of falling is setting up an appointment with your primary care physician for an annual exam and ensure your physician reviews your complete medication list to see if there is anything you are taking that could make you sleepy or dizzy. Also have them check your vision to make sure you do not need glasses. Finally, ensure you are safe in your home by getting rid of anything that could trip you and install grab bars to help you move around your bathroom safely.
Call J2 Therapy and Wellness to find out how we can help reduce your fall risk today at 703-444-9562