6 Tips to Prevent Falls

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, knows that falling can cause serious injuries and, for older adults, can even be life threatening. We wanted to provide 6 tips that will help reduce the risk of falls and possible injuries.

How to prevent slips, trips and falling:

  1. Always use a hand rail– Whether you are going up the stairs or standing in your shower, it is important to keep a hand on a stable surface while doing activities that challenge your balance. Consider installing them on your porch or any other areas that may not have them.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings – Avoid situations where you are unable to see well. Try and move through a well-lit area and always scan your path at least six feet ahead of you for hazards.
  3. Keep a clear path– Falling at home is the most common place to experience a nasty spill. Whether its extension cords, uneven tiles, lifted carpet or a small water or grease spill there are many hazards at home that are easily preventable. Make your home safe by moving furniture around, covering loose cords or sticking the corner of the carpet back to the floor and cleaning up any messes immediately.
  4. Wear slip resistant shoes– Shoes with rubber or neoprene soles are best. Add external traction cleats to your shoes when walking out during the rain and snow.
  5. Make an eye appointment– Get your vision checked regularly and be aware of any medication that can negatively affect your vision or balance.
  6. Maintain or build strength and balance through exercises and physical therapy– Physical therapists can properly treat any balance or vestibular issues you may have to help prevent falls and injury.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center we develop specific exercise programs for specific patients, along with a variety of specialized treatments to regain range of motion and strength. We look at the “root cause” when treating patients to provide insight as to why the patient is experiencing unsteadiness, instead of just a quick fix!

If you have fallen, or feel you are risk for falling, call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to start your personalized plan of care for balance rehabilitation with an expert physical therapist!

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

(714) 997-5518

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Fall Prevention

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Fall prevention

Dr. Grace  Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist, asserts that falling is not a part of aging. However, our risk of falling does increase with age. An older adult is seen in the ER for a fall-related injury every 15 seconds! It is important to take preventative action such as regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet. The right exercise routine and diet will help to prevent falls. Lack of preventative measures may lead to loss of bone mass, poor muscle tone, and decreased muscle strength and flexibility leading to a greater risk of falling. Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center has an effective and affordable program for patients who are at risk for serious fall injuries and for those who have already fallen.

Fall Proof Your Home:  7 Tips

  • Remove clutter
  • Have a phone on each level of your house with emergency numbers
  • Install a grab bar around the tub and toilet
  • Use nonskid mats inside & outside of your tub
  • Install a hand-held shower head or consider using a seat
  • Use step stools for things out of reach
  • Avoid floor polishes or waxes

These  7 tips to help prevent falls will decrease the likelihood of falling in your home. However, falling can occur anywhere and greater measure need to be taken to prevent falls. Walker PT & Pain Center provides hands on, personalized care for balance therapy. Our team of experts are trained to personalize each program to fit your specific needs.Prevent Falls

Success Story:

“The reason I went to Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center was that I was losing my balance and falling down. My needs were quickly and accurately evaluated. The team, under the direction of Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational therapist, is friendly and very helpful. They remembered my name every time I arrived. The team understands a person’s physical limit and they help each person achieve that limit at each session. The exercises are easily transferred to home. I an now keep my balance. I didn’t think it would be possible!”                               ~William T.

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Free Balance Testing

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Walker PT & Pain Center Offers Free Balance Testing to prevent Falls!

“Strong Today – Falls Free® Tomorrow for Seniors”

Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist  states, “One in three individuals over the age of 65 will fall each year.”   For people over the age of 75, falling is the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalizations. Fall-related injuries are the #1 cause of nursing home admissions. Falling is NOT a normal part of aging.Family; balance testing

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) initiative brings “Falls Free” to 48 states. We are joining the NCOA in declaring September 23, 2014 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day. In support of this day we will be providing free balance testing in our office for the entire week.

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center has an effective and affordable program for patients who are at risk for serious fall injuries and for those who have already fallen. Even if you only feel a little less balanced than you used to be or only had a minor fall, you are still at risk and will benefit from Walker’s Better Balance Programs. Our team of experts are trained to personalize each program to fit your specific needs.

WHAT:              Free Balance Testing

WHERE:           Walker Physical therapy and Pain Center

                               1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste 1.

                                Orange, CA 92868

WHEN:              September 22nd – 26th from 9AM – 5PM

CONTACT:     For further details or to confirm attendance,

                               call us at 714-997-5518 or email

                               patientcare@walkerpt.com

Grace Lorraine Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist says:

Be Safe!  Call for an appointment now at 714-997-5518

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