Falls happen every day in all age groups. Have you ever seen a toddler fall, then get up and walk as if nothing happened? If this happened with an older adult the result might play out differently. The trauma sustained through falls increases as we age; our bones are less pliable and absorb more shock resulting in greater injuries.
The most common risk factors for falls are:
Muscles need stimulation from exercises to grow and get stronger
How many times can you stand up and sit down in 30 seconds?
8 times or less indicates mobility disability and frailty
History of Falls
Do you fall often? If so, what activity were you doing and what direction was the fall?
How fast or far do you walk?
Normal walking speed is 1.2-1.4 meters/second
Are you able to turn while walking without losing your balance?
Are you able to step over a 2-inch object without losing your balance?
If you present with any of the above risk factors contact a physical therapist to get a fall prevention program!
Dr. Jack Wong
Leading Physical Therapist In The Kingwood Area