While falling is a normal part of a young child’s life, it gets increasingly more dangerous the older you get.
How Common Are Falls?
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults in American Fork and throughout the country. Lacerations, hip fractures and head traumas occur in 20 to 30 percent of all falls.
One in three adults over the age of 65 will fall and the odds just increase from there. Turns out, even the fear of falling can have severe consequence. This fear can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, which can then lead to the loss of physical fitness, thus increasing the risk of falls.
Preventing a Fall
The good news is there are some things you can do to prevent a fall in the future.
Regular exercise, specifically focusing on improving leg strength, has been shown to help.
Confirm with your doctor if any of the medications you are currently taking, both prescription and over-the-counter, list dizziness or imbalance as a possible side effect.
Poor vision can increase your risk of falling. Because of this, you should have your eyes examined by an American Fork optometrist once a year.
Remove any tripping hazards in your home, such as area rugs. Add railings to both sides of staircases and add a grab bar to your tub or shower.
Fall Risk Reduction Therapy
If you are worried about falling, now is the time to do something about it. Your American Fork doctor will complete a series of tests to measure all aspects of your balance, range of motion and coordination. Once potential risks have been identified, your doctor will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan. This plan will include balance therapy, strength-based training, vertigo treatment and balance-based Pilates.
For more information on how to get started, contact your American Fork balance expert today.