Let the leaves be all that falls down this Fall. 

Colorful leaves, brisk air, deep shades of sunsets, and the rich smells are all lovely things about the season of fall. In order to enjoy everything possible about this change in season, it is important to be proactive about how we care for ourselves while keeping a low risk of falling. Falling is something that is usually unexpected and can happen to anyone. While most people associate falls with the senior population, in reality, falls can happen at any age. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 falls results in serious injury such as broken bones or head injuries. This risk makes it critical for everyone to work on balance and core strength.  Muscle strength, vertigo, post-surgical weakness, loss of hearing, blood pressure changes, and medications can all contribute to poor balance.

You can be proactive in reducing your fall risk by doing the following:

  1.  Start by taking the time to assess obstacles you have in your home. Make sure that you have good lighting and clear walk ways.  While your area rugs may look nice, they won’t be so nice if they cause your fall.  Get rid of clutter and cords to help keep your falling risk low in your surroundings whether it be in your home, your shop, or your man cave.
  2. Invest in and wear sturdy shoes will help you both on even and uneven ground. Whether you are walking on a trail, hiking in the woods or running errands, having supportive shoes for your activities is another way to reduce your risk of falling.
  3. Lastly, don’t wait to start working on your balance, core and muscle strength. This is where our physical therapists come to the rescue.  You don’t have to do it on your own.  Working with your physical therapist at Orthopedic & Spine Therapy is key to helping you understand your needs for improvement and what exercises you will need to stay strong and get stronger.  A good balance program with exercises you can do on your own will keep you enjoying all the activities you enjoy, while feeling safe and confident.

Preventing falls is essential for everyone – whether you are a young athlete striving to exceed in your sport, recovering from injury or have had an orthopedic surgery. Maybe you are in need of help working on your strength and balance, adjusting a new cane or walker, or advice on which shoes to get, the team members at OST are looking forward to seeing you.  Our physical therapists are trained to assess and reassess your fall risk for every season and can help by identifying the underlying causes and applying the proper exercises to increase range of motion, strength and stability.

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