Fall Prevention Toledo, OH

Fall Prevention

Falling is a common and serious problem for the elderly.  One in three adults over the age of 65 falls each year.  Falls are associated with injury, decreased independent function, premature admission to nursing homes, and even early death.

Common factors leading to falls include:

  • Decreased balance and strength of the legs
  • Uneven ground or poor lighting
  • Diseases: Parkinson’s, seizures, diabetes, arthritis, orthostatic hypotension, dizziness, neuropathy
  • Taking more than four medications; especially sedatives, antidepressants, and anti-hypertension drugs
  • Any conditions that impairs safe judgment; fear, anxiety, depression, delirium, and dementia

 

Once you have identified the risk factors for falling, it is important to make strides to prevent the falls from occurring. There are basic strategies and techniques that can be implemented to reduce your chance of falls.

At South Physical Therapy our physical therapists try to prevent injuries by identifying individuals who are at risk for falls. A comprehensive physical therapy fall evaluation is performed that includes: a thorough history, muscle strength evaluation, balance assessment, and functional mobility assessment. Once the impairments are identified, our physical therapy team works with the patient to develop a treatment plan that will help to minimize or prevent future falls. The treatments consist of balance training, endurance/strength training, and education on how falls can be prevented. Ultimately, we transition their program into the home environment for long-term benefits.

Most falls in the elderly are predictable, preventable and not solely due to the aging process. At South Toledo Physical Therapy we encourage you to be proactive with your health. We can help you prevent the debilitating effects of falls or treat the injuries associated with them. Call our clinic today for a free consultation visit.