Balance & falls prevention is more important than you may think. More than 85% of the injuries experienced by the elderly are due to falls. As one age, the fear of falling deters them from partaking in various activities, especially if they have fallen before and received a serious injury.
Below is a list of the primary reasons for falls in the elderly. It is imperative to focus on balance and strength training to prevent falls and fractures in the elderly:
With the aid of a physiotherapist, seniors can overcome their fears of falling by taking falls prevention measures. Physiotherapists educate people about fall prevention measures; improve their strength with exercises to partake in activities such as gardening and walking. To ensure the environment is safe at home, they can provide them with guidelines to follow as well as asses the medications they are taking to find out if they increase their risk of falls.
Physiombility Dizziness & Balance Centre offers a combination of exercise programs and education to address mobility issues, muscle weakness and poor balance to prevent falls and fractures.
People aged 60 and over have a higher risk of fractures due to more frequent falls. Every year, about 40% of people over 65 falls at least once. Avoiding falls means fewer fractures, especially hip fractures. People with better posture, better balance, and stronger muscles are less likely to fall and are therefore less likely to be injured.
There are many causes of falling, but major factors that could put you at higher risk, include:
A combination of exercise, education, and support is required to improve balance and prevent falls and injuries:
At Physiomobility, we have a team of qualified professionals who offer specialized treatment for various musculoskeletal conditions. Whether you have a chronic medical condition, such as arthritis, or you have experienced a sports injury, or suffer from dizziness and vertigo our experienced physiotherapists will provide you a personalized treatment, offering you relief from pain and discomfort and enabling you to get back to your usual activities quickly.
Author: Vladimir Joloud, Exercise Therapist