Introduction to Falls Prevention
Up to 50% of people over the age of 65 fall each year. As we get older falls not only become more of a health issue, but also the consequences of a fall frequently become more serious. Falls often lead to fractures, admission to hospital and in some cases to the need for long term care. Many “frequent fallers” never return to their previous level of independence.
How can Physio2go help?
Physio2go routinely carries out falls risk assessments. Our specialist therapists work with patients in their own homes on individualised programmes of graduated exercises. These are designed to address specific areas of concern after a detailed assessment has been undertaken
In most cases there are a number of factors combining to lead to repetitive falls. Treatment is aimed at reducing or eliminating the variety of factors combined with an individualised programme of graduated exercises.
Some of the most common causes we encounter are as follows:
- Underlying medical problems.
- Those taking multiple medications may be more at risk.
- Conditions that affect mobility, balance, coordination and sensation.
- Cardiovascular problems that affect blood pressure.
- Confusion and dementia.
- Sight or hearing difficulties.
- Unsuitable footwear.
- Inappropriate or lack of walking aid.
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