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Falling Accidents and Injuries Ways To Reduce The Risk

 


As individuals advance in age, the risk of falling starts to become a regular concern. An average of one in four adults over 65 suffers from a fall every year. Around twenty percent of falling accidents result in serious injury. However, experiencing one fall increases the risk of future falls significantly. The most common injuries sustained include:

  • Hip fracture
  • Head injury

These injuries usually necessitate hospitalization. Therefore minimizing the risks is important for increasing/enhancing an individual's quality of life and help minimize the financial burdens that can come with these types of accidents.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Falling Accidents and Injuries Ways To Reduce The Risk

 

Risk Factors for Falling

Various factors can determine an increased risk of falling. If there are two or more at the same time, the risk goes up significantly. These factors include:

  • Poor or improper walking gait mechanics
  • Poor balance
  • Vision impairment
  • Low endurance
  • Weakened muscle strength
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Blood pressure issues like hypotension
  • Dizziness from certain movements like lying down to sitting/standing
  • Medication side effects that cause brain fog, dizziness, sleepiness, etc
  • Poor health/underlying conditions
  • Anxiety and/or fear of falling

 

Reducing The Risk/s

There are simple ways to reduce risk while optimizing the body's health and vitality. These include:

  • Discussing health concerns with a doctor and/or chiropractor
  • Review medications with doctor or pharmacist, specifically those that cause sleepiness or dizziness
  • Exercise regimen
  • Balance exercises
  • Core strengthening exercises
  • A physical therapist or chiropractor can assess the home for safety and possible tripping hazards
  • Regular vision check-ups at least every two years

 

Spinal Health

Restoring balance to the body will make the biggest difference in increasing overall health. However, pain, stiffness, and poor health can make getting started a difficult challenge. With the right chiropractic and physical therapy team, getting started does not have to be as challenging, with the transition being made as easily and as smooth as possible.

An essential building block for overall optimal health begins with spinal alignment. When the spine is misaligned it can lead to poor nerve circulation/energy. This slows down and interferes with the body's functions. This is often manifested with poor balance, weakness, and pain. Chiropractic spinal alignment addresses whole-body health. A chiropractic practitioner is specialized in non-invasively and systematically restoring not only the alignment of the spine but the entire body.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Falling Accidents and Injuries Ways To Reduce The Risk

 

Chiropractic Health

Find a chiropractor and talk to them about any health concerns, including falls. A customized chiropractic adjustment treatment plan will be developed along with a fitness and stretching regimen, and dietary adjustments will significantly optimize health and help prevent falls.


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References

Hawk, Cheryl et al. “Pilot study of the effect of a limited and extended course of chiropractic care on balance, chronic pain, and dizziness in older adults.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 32,6 (2009): 438-47. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2009.06.008

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