What are the statistics?
In hospitals 2-17% of patients have a fall and it is estimated to be much higher at home.
15 to 50% of people have falls related injuries including major injuries such as fractures.
What are the reasons people fall?
- There are physical factors such as impaired mobility in the elderly population.
- Having an unsteady gait, poor walking pattern, not using walking aids or using equipment in the wrong way.
- Poor balance and co-ordination
- Poor strength in core and lower limb
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapist have launched a great video with six simple exercises to help people keep mobile and independent as they age.
There are other physical factors such as poor eye side and confusion which play a role.
Outside factors such as medication which can lead to poor muscle tone and balance problems.
Home situation such as poor lighting, poor flooring and rugs.
Poor or inadequate footwear or clothing.
Should you have any elderly relatives or are concerned about your own risk of falling please call!!!
*How can we help?*
In our clinic we assess your gait, balance, movements , strength and neurological function. We can give you exercise programmes which will help to improve your ability and reduce the fear of falling.
We do home visits when we can assess you in your environment and make sure your home is safe.
Please get in touch via our website contact page or call the clinic on 01327 706833.