The CDC reports that more than one out of four people 65 and older falls each year, and over 3 million are treated in emergency departments annually for fall injuries. In addition, one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
What Can Happen After a Fall?
Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of five falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own.
- Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures.
- Falls can cause head injuries. These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medicines (like blood thinners). An older person who falls and hits their head should see their doctor right away to make sure they don’t have a brain injury.
- Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.
Why Therapy after a Fall ?
Physical and Occupation Therapists can help to identify the underlying reason that you are falling. They will create and treatment plan with you to reduce your risk of falling. The most common reasons that result in a fall are:
- Muscle Weakness
- Muscle imbalances
- Balance issues
- Decreased reaction time
- Improper fitted footwear
LPTA, Therapy Program Manager
Heritage Hall – Virginia Beach