How common are Falls?
This is a quite common incidence, especially among the elderly.
What is the role of physiotherapy in falls management?
Physiotherapy are integral to multidisciplinary falls prevention programs and rehabilitation services for older adults who have experienced a fall. Physiotherapy effectively improves strength, motor function and balance in older adults at risk of falling and those with fall-related injuries. Physiotherapists assess individuals to screen for risk of falls and manage falls prevention programs. Physiotherapists prescribe specific exercises, activities and interventions, and provide advice on managing environmental risks.
What causes falls?
Changes in gait pattern, poor balance, reduced mobility, and muscle weakness
Cognitive decline and neurological problems
Presence of home hazards
What are the consequences of falls?
Falls can have a variety of outcomes – no injury, minor injury, serious injury or death. Physical injuries can include:
Scratches and other superficial wounds
Even falls not resulting in physical injury can instil a fear of falling, which leads to:
Self-imposed limitation of activity
Commencing a cycle of decreasing functional ability
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