6 Tips to Prevent Falls

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Don’t Let Falls Get You Down

It can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute you’re walking to the kitchen to grab a glass of water, the next minute you wake up in a hospital bed. Falls are the leading cause of all non-fatal injuries and the most common reason for visits in the emergency room. Did you know one in five falls leads to a significant injury, such as broken wrists, hips, legs, arms, and head traumas?

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, is an advocate that “falling isn’t a normal part of aging”.

 

Here are 6 rules to remember to prevent a fall:elderly woman with cane falls on floor

  1. Protect your head – Falls are the #1 cause of traumatic brain injury in the US.
  2. Relax – Although its natural to tense up, try to stay loose to help cushion the fall.
  3. Butt first – To lessen the impact of your fall, try to land on the fleshier parts of your body (like your butt) and roll with the fall.
  4. Eliminate clutter – Ensure you have always have a clear pathway when walking at home.
  5. Check your eyes and meds – Don’t forget to see the optometrist!
  6. Build your balance – Developing core strength and flexibility through exercise or physical therapy.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we provide hands on, personalized care for balance therapy. Our team of experts are trained to lead you in one-on-one balance exercises to fit your specific needs.

Call us to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Road Ste 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com   

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Effective Physical Therapy Programs Provide Solutions for Alzheimer’s Disease

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Physical therapy provides numerous benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s patients who perform flexibility, balance, and strength exercises combined with medical management are less depressed and have more improvement in their physical functioning than patients who are treated solely with medical management. Exercise also maintains motor skills, improves memory and communication skills, and reduces rate of disease-associated mental decline. image

Physical therapy incorporates flexibility and strength exercises as well as balance and gait training. Expert physical therapists tailor exercise programs for each patient to suit their individual needs. An affordable physical therapy program combines exercises and balance and gait training to greatly improve patients’ motor skills and physical function, decrease risk of falls, and provide pain relief.

As we age, our balance and strength deteriorates. This degeneration can pose more problems for Alzheimer’s patients including a greater risk for falls. Here are five fall prevention tips to consider:

  1. Wear shoes with non-slip soles and avoid wearing socks only.
  2. Remove or secure any loose rugs or mats.
  3. Sit in higher chairs or chairs with armrests – they are easier to get in and out of.
  4. Be sure walkways are well lit and clutter free.
  5. Contact a physical therapist who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease to set up a physical therapy program to emphasize exercise, balance training, and fall prevention.
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