Physical Therapist Services for Falls
More than one out of four older Americans, ages 65 and above, fall each year. And falling once doubles your chances of falling again.
Falls are responsible for 95% of hip injuries, which can limit function and reduce the quality of life for older adults.
Even if a fall does not result in an injury, it can cause a fear of falling. This fear may cause you to cut back on daily activities. And when you are less active, you become weaker and prone to more falls.
You can prevent falling by doing physical activities that you enjoy and working with a physical therapist to improve your:
- Muscle strength.
Physical activity reduces the risks of falls and fall-related injuries in older adults.
A physical therapist can help you reduce your risk of falling by:
- Assessing your risk of falling.
- Helping you make your home as safe as possible.
- Educating you about the medical risk factors linked to falls.
- Designing a personalized exercise and balance training program.
- Improving your ability to take part in physical activities to maintain your fitness and overall health.
- Working with other health care providers and community services to create programs to reduce the risk of falls.
Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. To find a physical therapist in your area, visit Find a PT.
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