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Fall Prevention

Physical Therapy in Glen Cove

Fall Prevention

A common accident typically associated with geriatric patients, spontaneous falls are alarmingly experienced by 1 in 4 Americans age 65 or older every year. Due to the impetuous nature of this accident, fall prevention and awareness has become increasingly more prevalent over the course of recent memory. Island Sports Physical Therapy in Glen Cove wants its patients to receive quality care and to maintain their overall well-being. Because of this need, our physical therapists have placed a strong emphasis on informing patients of potential risks and making sure they’re fully aware of all preventive measures.

How Can You Prepare Yourself Or A Loved One?  

As previously stated, falls are a random accident and can never be perfectly calculated as to when they will occur. That being said, preventive measures can be taken in order to protect yourself. Consider the following options when developing a fall prevention plan:

  • Physical Therapy in Glen Cove: Naturally, you can confide in your local physical therapist if you’re concerned about a sudden fall. This can be an outstanding resource for initially beginning the fall prevention plan, as your PT can put together options that you may utilize moving forward. They may ask you questions pertaining to the following:
    • Are you currently prescribed to any medications? If so, which ones?
    • Has a fall occurred previously? Did you suffer any injuries?
    • Is the source of the fall your present health conditions? What can we do to help?
  • Staying Active: Physical activity can go a long way in keeping you in peak condition and maintaining strong balance. Specifically for geriatric patients, consider going for a brief walk around your local neighborhood/track. As an added benefit of physical therapy in Glen Cove, your PT can suggest ideal exercises that will focus on what you desire. This is especially prevalent for patients who are intimidated by physical activity, fearing that it may serve as a catalyst for a fall.
  • Proper Footwear: Perhaps an overlooked aspect of fall prevention, but wearing comfortable fitting shoes/footwear can go a long way in preventing future falls.
  • Home-Related Upgrades: A simple, yet effective method would be to ensure that your present living space is optimized to prevent falls. Consider keeping strong lighting in your home, allowing you to see your surroundings. Remember to remove any potential hazards as well and to always be extra cautious when walking close to steps/staircases.

For all issues/questions pertaining to fall-related prevention tips, contact Island Sports Physical Therapy in Glen Cove today for further information.

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