Balance & Falls: Why We Fall, How We Improve

The majority of older adults will develop a balance issue that can result in a fall. In fact, 1/3 of people over the age of 65 and almost 1/2 of people over 80 will experience a fall this year. Falling will limit your independence and increase your risk for a severe injury.

There are many reasons why we fall and the more factors you have, the greater chance you have of falling. These factors include:

• Decreased reaction time

• Loss of muscle mass

• Less flexibility

• Impaired coordination

• Vision problems

• Taking more than 4 medications at the same time

• Medical conditions (Parkinson’s, diabetes, stroke, arthritis)

• Confusion

• Depression

• Using a cane

• Low blood pressure

• Tripping hazards at home

Fortunately, Physical Therapists are equipped to identify deficits in your balance and develop a plan to address those issues. This can include:

• Mobility exercises

• Strength training

• Balance and coordination training

• Vestibular therapy

• Dual tasking activities

• Education

• Fear management

If you are looking to become safer or improve your balance, please don’t hesitate to call. Our skilled clinicians are experts at identifying balance deficits and helping to find the solutions that work best for YOU!

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