According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one out of four people over the age of 65 fall every year. Many of these falls lead to serious injuries, including broken bones, head injuries, and fractures. But luckily, you can learn how to prevent having one of these traumatic falls by going through specialized physical therapy. Here’s how physical therapy can help:
Check Your Current Condition
Physical therapists can review your current condition to determine if there’s something that could be causing your falls besides your balance. For example, if you are taking medications that are known to cause drowsiness or unsteadiness, a physical therapist may suggest you ask your doctor for an alternative. The physical therapist can also check your heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar to see if there is a larger medical condition that could cause you to lose balance.
Seniors can sometimes fall because they are trying to do too much at once and therefore can’t focus on staying balanced. Physical therapists can help seniors learn how to multitask by using dual task training. Using this method, patients will be asked to maintain a slow and steady pace while walking and doing one other activity, such as holding something in their arms or engaging in conversation. This will help patients retrain their brains and bodies to handle more than one task at once so they can prevent tragic falls.
Therapists not only help seniors become physically stronger, but they also teach them ways they can prevent falls on their own. For example, a physical therapist may suggest that you get new shoes to wear around the house or secure rugs in place so they don’t slip from underneath you. In some situations, the physical therapist may even visit the patient’s home to see if any adjustments need to be made to prevent falls. Patients can leave their physical therapist’s office with the knowledge they need to stay safe when they’re on their own. Learn 9 ways to prevent falling at home
Strength Training Exercises
A physical therapist can also teach patients strength training exercises that will help them stay on their feet. Patients will discuss their needs with a physical therapist, and then begin a customized treatment plan that will focus on building muscles in the lower body and core. These muscles stabilize the body, so strengthening them will help seniors maintain their balance and prevent falls. If you’ve never stepped foot in a gym, don’t worry. Physical therapy is for everyone—not just those that are already physically fit. A trained therapist can adjust the plan based on your skill level so you never feel like you are doing something your body is incapable of.
At Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we’re devoted to helping our patients prevent falls that could cause serious injuries. Are you interested in learning more about our services? Contact us
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