• Melody Medley-Keith

Fall Prevention; It Is For Real And Can Help You!


Every 11 seconds, an older adult goes to the the emergency room for a fall.

  • Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.” But the truth is that one in four older adults falls every year in the U.S.

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not. Most falls can be prevented—and you have the power to reduce your risk of falling.

Try Physical Therapy!

The best way to prevent falls is to:

Exercise Regularly, Start Balance Training, and Know your Limitations.

As a Doctor of Physical Therapy our goal here at Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy with everyone is to make you stronger and thus reducing falls, but we also help you with balance, strength, mobility and range of motion.

Just performing balance training 2x a week for 6 weeks has been scientifically proven to decrease your risk of falling.


Don't wait now is the time to let a board certified physical therapist help you with balance strength, mobility and range of motion. We at Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy can help you learn how to prevent falls.

call us today! 512 261-0620



 

Tips


Fall prevention strategies are encouraged for any person, especially older adults. 1. Exercise regularly. Exercise can make your muscles stronger and your joints more flexible, thus reducing the risk of falls. See a physical therapist to help you get started. 2. Know how medications affect you. Some medications make you drowsy or affect your vision, which can increase your chances of falling. 3. Be aware of physical and mobility limitations. Physical and mobility limitations increase your chance of falling. Be aware of yours to decrease falls. See a physical therapist to help you get started. 4. Eliminate falling hazards in your home, such as furniture that obstructs clear pathways. By clearing pathways, you decrease your chances of tripping over something and falling. Adding handrails, making sure carpets are firm, and hiding exposed wires from electronic devices will help you avoid falls. 5. Wear clothing and shoes that fit properly. Properly fitting clothing and shoes can reduce fall risks by eliminating material that can be tripped on. 6. Use adequate lighting at home. Adequate lighting makes it brighter and illuminates any objects that may be in your way. Adequate lighting is especially important when visiting a place you may be unfamiliar with.

7. Start Balance Training. Working on your balance and being aware of how you can have better balance will help you avoid falls. See a physical therapist to help you get started. 8. Stay connected. Carry a phone or alert system with you at all times so you can contact emergency services in the event of a fall.

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