3 FALL RISK FACTORS
How many people are treated for slip and fall injuries each year? Approximately 1 million Americans are injured annually due to falls on ice and snow according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Being mindful of your health, environment, and events that can cause falls is vital in avoiding injury. Start the new year right by being prepared and avoid injury!
Here are components of each type of fall risk factor:
Related to medical problems in neurology, orthopedics, biomechanics, physiology and nutrition. Gait and balance problems, muscle weakness, chronic illnesses, vision problems and nutritional deficiencies.
Home hazards (ie: loose throw rugs, lack of railings and grab bars). Outside hazards (icy sidewalks, debris) or risky footwear. The environmental factors often require the involvement of supportive family members.
Sudden or occasional events that cause a challenge to balance or strength (a strong dog pulling on a leash). Health-related events like the use of certain medications and excess alcohol, as well as physiological changes such as low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in a person with diabetes, hypotension, and electrolyte imbalance, can also trigger falls.
Have you taken a spill recently and are experiencing any pain or discomfort? Reach out today and we can get you scheduled for an appointment!