Prevent Falls in Older Adults

By Western Berks Physical Therapy on August 23rd, 2021

Prevent Falls in Older Adults

A simple thing like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor can end up changing your life. For older adults, falls can lead to broken bones, injury, disability or death. If you or a person you know has fallen, you’re not alone. According to the CDC, more than 1 in 4 adults aged 65 years or older falls each year. Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.

Many of us live with the anxiety of worrying about a loved one falling or are afraid of falling ourselves. Studies show that the risk of falling rises with age, as does the anxiety behind wanting to avoid falls in the first place. In fact, fear of falling becomes more common as people age, even among those who haven’t fallen.

This anxiety and fear can lead older adults to avoid important activities such as walking, shopping, or taking part in social activities. This isolation can lead to depression of the mind and deconditioning of the body. Don’t let fear of falling keep you or a loved one from being active. Our physical therapists can help you to stay active and prevent falls through our evidence-based Balance Program.

In addition to preventing falls, our highly skilled and caring clinicians offer a variety of effective geriatric physical therapy services. When seniors are recovering from an illness, injury or surgery, taking part in a rehabilitation program is vital to restoring functionality, reducing pain and improving quality of life. The goal of therapy is to alleviate pain and return to mobility. Our therapists know how to work with older adults so that exercise can be done in a safe and effective manner. Our clinic is affiliated with the Geriatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) which provides ongoing training and support for our treatment team. The length and intensity of treatments are tailored to each patient’s needs and capacities to allow “progress at their own pace”.

Physical Therapy Benefits for Seniors:

  • Reduce the risk of a fall. Falls are the leading cause of accidents among seniors and often result in a bone fractures and other injuries. A physical therapist can teach seniors techniques to prevent a fall.
  • Lower your risk of injury. Physical therapy helps seniors learn how to maintain their stability as it relates to gravity when they’re mobile. This awareness helps reduce the risk of injuries and re-injury.
  • Decrease pain from chronic conditions. Physical therapy can help alleviate discomfort from conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis and offset any future symptoms.
  • Lessen the need for prescription drugs. Seniors are often on a wide variety of prescription drugs to help manage their chronic pain. However, a physical therapy regimen could help reduce the need for medications, and could be a more cost-effective form of treatment.
  • Maintain an independent lifestyle. The quicker seniors are able to recover from an illness or injury and manage their pain allows them to lead an active, independent lifestyle for a longer period of time.

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