85% of injuries that require hospitalization for seniors are caused by falls. The risk of falls increases as you age so fall prevention is a crucial part of keeping the elder population healthy and safe. Senior adults face a lower likelihood of recovery from a fall injury thus it is imperative to improve balance and strength.
5 Warning Signs & Fall Risk Factors for Elderly Adults
- Uneven gait pattern or poor balance during walking
- Reliance on support or assistive device to get up from a chair
- Declining eyesight
- Injuries, pain, stiffness, or weakness in the hips, knees, ankles, or feet.
- Prescription medications with side effects like dizziness or drowsiness
How can Physical Therapy Help?
A physical therapist can evaluate your specific needs and design a program that helps strengthen your lower body and improve your balance through tailored exercises. Physical Therapy has been shown to reduce fall risk and prevent fall injuries.
Don’t let falls or balance issues keep you away from your family. Call Respire Physical Therapy TODAY at 703-671-1871 to improve your balance!