• Shannon Cobb

3 Things To Consider When You Have A Fall

in 4 adults over the age of 65 will fall each year. This can result in minor injuries, or it can result in life changing injuries. Broken bones and brain injuries are not uncommon among older adults that fall. If you have already had a fall (or know someone who has) here are 3 things to consider.

1. Medications- Review your medication list with your physician. Ask if there are any medications that could result in drowsiness or light headedness. A thorough look at your medications may reveal causes for your unsteadiness.

2. Have you assessed the reason that you had the fall? Was it the corner of a well worn rug that has been in your home for years? It could be that you need to assess your home environment to ensure that hazards to you balance are removed. Tears in rugs, narrow spaces due to furniture over crowding and poorly lit areas can all contribute to falls. If you are willing to make changes in these areas of your home, it could improve your safety.

3. Have you started to become worried that you may have another fall? Did you know that this fear actually puts you at greater risk for falling?! But, there are things you can do to improve your balance reactions and your confidence. An assessment by a Physical Therapist to figure out exactly what needs work to improve your balance reactions and to increase your confidence. After that, you and your Physical Therapist will come up with a plan to help you improve the areas that are putting you at risk. If you have any questions about how a Physical Therapist can help you increase your safety and maintain your independence as long as possible, Click Here to schedule a call and and we will answer any questions that you have.

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