Balance and Fall Prevention
Falls are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries and hospital admissions in people 65 and older. Every year, more than 30% of U.S. adults in this age population fall; more than 50% of these falls occur at home. While most fractures among older adults are caused by falls, many are avoidable.
Balance disorders are another common cause of falls. Dizziness and vestibular dysfunction can lead to loss of balance and difficulty with mobility.
Physical therapy for fall prevention emphasizes improving balance, leg and core strength, posture, and safety awareness. As well as directly addressing vestibular issues with targeted techniques.
Proper fitting and use of assistive devices, such as canes and walkers, are important in promoting safety with gait and improving functional movement.
Therapists at Capstone will work with you to develop an individual treatment plan to address your balance and lead to fall prevention.
FALL PREVENTION TIPS:
- Slow down and be aware of your surroundings
- Remove tripping hazards such as rugs, cords, and other obstacles
- Pick up your feet when you walk and avoid shuffling
- Install grab bars next to toilets and showers
- Stand up slowly to avoid dizziness
- Use a cane or walker as recommended by your health care professional
- Wear supportive shoes with non-skid soles and a low heel