Balance and Fall Prevention
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly? Eighty seven percent of all fractures among seniors are due to falls. According to the CDC, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years of age, over half of seniors fall annually. In addition, those who fall are two to three times more likely to fall again. Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions. Half of those admitted to nursing homes do not return to independent living, and 25% die within a year. As alarming as these documented statistics are, they fall short of the actual number since many incidents are unreported by seniors and unrecognized by family members or caregivers.
Fatal and nonfatal fall injuries among people 65+
1% (12,800 people) have died.
24% (388,000 people) were treated in emergency room or hospitalized.
76% (1,230,000people) were treated and released.
? millions of people with unreported fall related injuries.
It's also reported that 20% to 30% of seniors fear falling. Ninety percent of falls that do not result in injury can still have a detrimental impact on health and well-being.
Up to 50% of elders report that fear of another fall has resulted in a loss of confidence and self-imposed restriction of activities; and many times confinement to their homes. This fear combined with inactivity due to self-imposed restrictions creates a cycle that drastically increases the risk of future falls.
At ELEVATE, our therapists specialize in treating patients at risk for falls. Here, at-risk patients undergo a thorough examination to determine the factors (poor balance, blood pressure, sensation loss, vertigo, stiffness, weakness, inflexibility, deconditioning, etc.) that are contributing to their tendency to fall. Patients are then placed on a comprehensive program specifically designed to correct impairments, normalize balance, educate about fall risks and get them headed back down the road to an active, normal lifestyle. If you or someone you know has experienced falls or fear of falls is limiting their quality of life, call our office today at (828) 877-2110. We can help!