Fall Prevention and Screening
2.5 Million People Are Treated Each Year For Injuries From Falls
According to the CDC almost 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling sideways. In addition, over 700,000 people are hospitalized each year because of a fall injury. As you age, your risk for falling becomes greater. Most falls can be prevented as they occur in those people who have not had a balance assessment.
Fall risk is highest in those with…
- Lower body weakness
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Balance difficulties
- Medication that causes sedation or loss of balance
- Vision problems
- Foot pain or problems
- Home hazards
Most falls can be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment. Physical therapy is the primary medical tool used to address balance and fall risk. Through a proper evaluation, you will be made aware of any balance difficulties. Then through targeted lower extremity mobility, strengthening and proprioceptive exercises, you can be properly rehabilitated. No matter the age, or if you use a cane, walker or no assistive device, our physical therapists can help you overcome balance difficulties and significantly reduce the risk of falling.
Most insurance carriers cover a fall assessment, especially Medicare. Therefore, you can reduce your risk or falling by contacting Recovery Physical Therapy. Let our NYC area physical therapists give you a fall risk assessment today.