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Falls are a major public health concern, particularly among older adults. There have been many researched statics on falls, and the number of falls and injuries is overwhelming. Falls can be prevented with proper precautions, such as exercising regularly, home and device modifications, and managing medications. Physical Therapy is the perfect profession to assist clients in fall prevention, which could improve quality of life and even save lives.

Statistics on Falls

Falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide, after road traffic injuries.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO)

In the United States, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults aged 65 and older

according to the CDC

In 2018, there were 39 million emergency department visits for injuries related to falls in the United States.

according to the CDC

The risk of falling increases with age, with more than one in four older adults falling each year.

according to the CDC

Falls can result in serious injuries, such as hip fractures, head injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. They can also lead to long-term health issues, disability, and decreased quality of life.

Who is at a Risk for Falls

There are many different factors that can contribute to an increased risk of falls. It is important to note, just because someone has these risk factors, it doesn’t mean they are inevitably going to fall. Some factors that increase our fall risk include age, use of medications, vision, general health, and environmental factors. Read more about it here and find out how Physical Therapy can help prevent falls.

Fall Prevention

Falls can be prevented with proper precautions, such as exercising regularly, improving home safety, and managing medications that can increase the risk of falling. A Physical Therapist can evaluate you or your loved one and help identify the factors that can be modified to improve balance and decrease the risk of falls.

Contact Well Balanced PT to set up a balance screening to see how you can improve your balance today