Falling: Manage The Risk Factors
Several factors combine to make falling in the home more likely. Here’s a shortlist of them, along with some suggestions on reducing the risk of falling. They can be divided into two categories: those physical therapists can help to relieve, and those that require the help of another medical professional.
- Muscle weakness
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis
- Neurological disorders/Parkinson’s
Muscle strengthening is one of the pillars of physical therapy and also helps improve mobility. Physical therapists guide patients through exercises tailored to help them improve move better. Also, exercises prescribed for home are designed to do the same. Moreover, physical therapists are also skilled at training patients to improve their neuromuscular signaling, which helps with conditions such as early Parkinson’s and symptoms of dizziness.
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Other Medical Falling Risk Factors
- Blood pressure (from orthostatic hypotension)
- Medication side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness.
- Vision difficulties
- Foot numbness
These risk factors require a visit with primary health provider.
Other measures can be taken overall to help lower the risk of falling. Additionally, brief consultation with as shoe salesperson can help ensure proper choice of footwear. Finally, quite a number of improvements may be made in-home to help ensure safety from falls. These improvements include installing handrails, picking the right light bulbs, and fall-proofing stairs.