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Are you or someone you know dizzy or at risk of falling down? Come to the ENT Institute Fyzical Therapy, where we pride ourselves in taking care of our patients  from start to finish. 

Falling is a Serious Matter

How Serious is Falling?

  • One out of three adults (age 65 or older) falls each year, but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.
  • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.
  • In 2010, 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized.

What Are the Dangers?

  • 20-30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas - all of which can increase the risk of early death.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). In 2000, 46% of fatal falls among older adults were due to TBI.
  • Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. The most common are fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand.
  • People age 75 and older are four to five times more likely than those age 65 to 74 to be admitted to a long-term care facility for a year or longer.
  • Over 90% of hip fractures are caused by falls, which can result in long-term functional impairment, nursing home admission, and increased mortality.
  • Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling, which may cause them to limit their activities, leading to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, and in turn increases their actual risk of falling.

What Are Common Causes?

  • Lower Body Weakness
  • Balance Problems
  • Postural Dizziness
  • Poor Vision
  • Problems with Feet and/or Shoes
  • Certain Medication
  • Advanced Age
  • Fear of Falling
  • Home Hazards

How Can Older Adults Prevent Falls?

  • Regular exercise that focuses on increasing leg strength and improving balance.
  • Ask the doctor or pharmacist to review current medication – both prescription and over-the-counter – to identify those that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Have vision checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update eyeglasses to maximize vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses activities like walking outside.
  • Make sure your home is safe by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding rails on both sides of stairways, and improving the interior and exterior lighting.

Our Locations

Alpharetta Location

Peachtree City Location

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