By identifying and resolving risks for a fall, we can help prevent potential injuries and even deaths due to a fall. If you are worried about someone’s safety and their risk for a fall, book an appointment to get a comprehensive fall assessment
Definition: variety of actions to help reduce the number of accidental falls, typically suffered by older people
What is a fall?
Fall: unintentionally coming to rest on the ground, floor, or other lower level, but not as a result of syncope (fainting) or overwhelming external force
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. Adults older than 65 years of age suffer the greatest number of fatal falls.
In general, injury and mortality (death) rates rise dramatically for males and females of any race after the age of 85. Trauma resulting from a fall, such as a hip replacement or broken bone, is most often the cause of morbidity and mortality.
What are the risk factors for falls?
It is important to identify risks associated with falls so the individual may seek the appropriate medical attention to prevent potential falls, these include:
- Drop foot
- Lower leg weakness
- Weak, unstable ankles
- Arthritic joint pain
- Unsteady walk
- Problems maintaining balance
- Difficulty standing without assistance
- Over the age of 65