Fall Prevention in El Paso

An estimated 1 in 4 adults 65 and older experiences a fall each year, and according to a recent study, fall-related deaths among adults 75 and older are on the rise, all of which makes falls prevention more relevant than ever.

Falls are a major concern for older adults. Physical therapists at El Paso Physical Therapy Services play a key role in fall prevention, as well as treating falls and fall-related injuries. With evidence based practice, the functional mobility and quality of life of older adults may be improved while decreasing the national fall-related statistics.

Below are some measures you can take in order to prevent future falls.

  • Schedule an appointment with El Paso Physical Therapy Services. Make a list of your prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements, or bring them with you to the appointment.
  • Certain eye and ear disorders may increase your risk of falls. Be prepared to discuss your health conditions and how comfortable you are when you walk — for example, do you feel any dizziness, joint pain, shortness of breath, or numbness in your feet and legs when you walk?
  • If you avoid physical activity because you’re afraid it will make a fall more likely, tell your doctor. He or she may recommend carefully monitored exercise programs or refer you to a physical therapist. The PTs at El Paso Physical Therapy Services can create a custom exercise program aimed at improving your balance, flexibility, muscle strength and gait.

For more information, please schedule an appointment with El Paso Physical Therapy Services at one of our three convenient locations or check out our website at https://eppts.com/.

 

Sources

https://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/NewsNow/?blogid=10737418615&id=47244646845

http://learningcenter.apta.org/student/MyCourse.aspx?id=cbf0ea61-51c2-44c4-9735-e169ba979685&categoryid=&programid=dcca7f06-4cd9-4530-b9d3-4ef7d2717b5d&returnUrl=Student/Catalogue/Catalogue.aspx

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/fall-prevention/art-20047358

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