Falls are a leading cause of death and disability in the elderly, but during the winter, the simple fact is more people will slip and fall on the ice or snow. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), slips on ice and snow account for a million injuries a year–and 17,000 deaths. Most of these fatalities occur from head injuries resulting from the fall, many of which could have been prevented by seeking immediate medical care.
Physical therapy is a great place to gain fall experience while challenging your body. Fall prevention may include gait and balance testing, strength testing, assistive device, home safety recommendations, confidence building, fall prevention education, and home exercise programs.
You can book an appointment with a specialist at any of our convenient clinic locations. Remember, we offer free consultations by appointment, too!