Factors Contributing to Fall Risk

As individuals age, fall risk and the fear of falling increases significantly. According to the National Institute on Aging, “more than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year”. The fear of falling can lead to limitations in daily activities such as walking, performing dressing and bathing tasks, going up and down stairs, or participating in social activities out in the community.

There can be several different factors that can contribute to increased risk of falls such as:

    • Diabetes
    • Heart Disease
    • Neuropathy (decreased sensation in feet)
    • Dizziness
    • Safety hazards in home: rugs, small pets, children, limited lighting
    • Hearing Loss
    • Vision Loss
    • Muscle Weakness

If a person falls, their risk of falling again increases. They can also face further medical problems due to a fall such as:

    • Broken bones such as wrist, arm, ankle, and hip
    • Head injuries
    • Increased fear of falling which can cause individual to become sedentary and lead to muscle weakness

How can Elite Physical Therapy and Balance Center help with fall risk?

    • Evaluate your risk of falls
    • Improve overall balance with state of the art equipment like the Biodex
    • Improve overall muscle strength to assist with balance and walking deficits
    • Improve sensation in feet due to neuropathy with Rebuilder

Let us help you Feel Better Faster. To request an appointment, click here for Elite Relief, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:

Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Shelbyville: 931-684-0027
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022

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