Stay on the Ball, Try Not to Fall!
Falls can cause serious injuries and often result in extensive hospital stays. There are many risk factors to falls. The World Health Organization categorized these risk factors into four categories: biological, behavioral, environmental, and socioeconomic. While biological factors like age and gender cannot be modified, other factors like slippery floors or weak muscles can be.
Fall prevention is challenging, especially as people age and become more forgetful. However, falls can be detrimental to one’s health and cause severe complications even far after the fall takes place.
Eliminating home hazards is one of the most vital components to fall prevention. Some home hazards include:
- Loose rugs.
- Poor lighting.
- Armless chairs.
By living in a safer environment, you are automatically reducing your risk of falling.
Other environmental factors can be hazardous to falls and are important to watch out for. Be on alert for factors such as:
- Slippery floor signs.
- Cracked or uneven sidewalks.
- Poor public lighting.
- Curbs and parking blocks.
While these hazards cannot necessarily be modified, you can watch closely for them to actively try to avoid them.
Improving your balance is another essential component of fall prevention. There are several reasons someone may have poor balance, but strengthening your muscles can increase your balance and reduce your risk of falling.
Physical therapists will provide you with exercises and stretches to strengthen your core and improve your balance. Specifically, they will also evaluate your gait and walking pattern, which will show them where you need the most improvements.
Some exercises may include:
- Stepping over objects.
- Marching in place, lifting your legs high.
- Practicing sitting to standing.
- Yoga or Pilates movements.
- Safely getting up from the floor or out of bed.
Physical Therapy at COR Medical Centers
COR Medical Centers is proud to offer a skillful team of physical therapists that provides hands-on, customized care for every single patient. If you are in need of physical therapy as a result of a fall, or to improve your balance, call (800) 267-2072 and schedule your evaluation today.