FACT: More than a third of all adults over 65 years of age fall at least once a year, resulting in serious debilitating injuries.
FACT: Average life expectancy after suffering a hip fracture from a fall is 3 years.
FACT: The loss of balance IS NOT just a part of growing older. Many people do not want to admit when they feel weak, unstable or dizzy.
If you or someone you know is showing signs of difficulty, seek immediate attention before the result is a fall resulting in a debilitating injury. A physical therapist can help identify the source of the problem and design a program specifically for you.
Take the Balance Self Test
1. Are you unable to balance while dressing yourself (such as putting on pants)?
2. Do you have difficulty rising up from a soft couch, low chair or your car?
3. Are you not participating in your usual recreational activities such as playing golf, gardening or exercising due to unstableness?
4. Do you take smaller steps while walking or have to take stairs one step at a time?
5. Have you recently had a change in medications that make you feel not like your usual self?
6. Have you experienced increase stumbling or even a fall recently?
7. Are you unable to step up onto or down from a curb without holding onto something for support?
8. Do you have pain or weakness as a result of a recent surgery?
If you answered Yes to any of the above questions, you should contact us to speak with a physical therapist or consult with your physician as you may be at risk for having a fall.