More than one-third of adults over age 65 fall every year and about 20-30% of those falls involve moderate to severe injuries. Priyanka Pandya, MS, PT, helps older adults work on fall prevention at Reboot Physical Therapy in Ramsey, New Jersey. To learn how you can reduce the risk of a life-changing fall, call or book an appointment online today.
A fall happens when you experience unexpected contact with a supporting surface, such as the floor. Falls are not the result of a push or medical event, such as fainting. A near-fall occurs when you lose your balance and stumble in a way that would lead to a fall if you didn’t catch yourself.
Falls are the leading cause of injuries to older adults. Certain factors may increase your risk of falling, including:
Medical conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease, can also increase your risk of falling. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to suffer a fall.
Falls and the fear of falling can decrease your ability to function independently and lead a fulfilling life. Fall prevention focuses on helping older adults maintain or increase their independence and reduce their risk of falling.
As a highly trained physical therapist, Priyanka has extensive experience working with mature adults on fall prevention. She carefully assesses your risk of falling by evaluating your strength, balance, and flexibility. Then, she develops an individualized treatment plan tailored to your fall prevention needs.
There’s no single test to predict a fall. However, your primary care provider should begin screening you for fall risk annually starting at age 65. If they determine you’re at risk of falling, or if you experience fear or anxiety about falling that interferes with your daily life, fall prevention at Reboot Physical Therapy can help.
First, Priyanka thoroughly evaluates your risk of falling. Your fall risk evaluation may include:
Then, she develops a personalized fall prevention plan that may include:
Priyanka also makes personal recommendations on steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling.
To improve your safety and peace of mind, call Reboot Physical Therapy or book an appointment online today to get started on fall prevention.