Every year, there are 400,000 fractures related to falls in the U.S. Other common injuries that can result from a fall include hip and spine fractures, lacerations (cuts), and contusions (bruises). According to the Mayo Clinic, falls are the #1 cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for patients above the age of 65. Falling does not just lead to injuries, it can often lead to a pattern of decreased activity that makes a lot of people afraid to even leave the house or participate in the activities they love to do. But don’t worry, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Falls are easily preventable and we are here to help you prevent any of the negative side effects associated with losing your balance.
The American Physical Therapy Association defines a fall as “any event that leads to an unplanned, unexpected contact with a supporting surface, such as the floor or a piece of furniture, that is not the result of a push or shove or the result of a medical event, such as a heart attack or fainting.”