Prevent Costly Fall Injuries
Fall injuries are common among older adults (65+) and can be easily prevented with education and by identifying potential risk factors. Falls can cause injury, loss of independence, significant reduction in quality of life, and even death.
Direct medical bills for fall injuries are $34 billion annually and hospital visits account for two-thirds of that total, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A majority of those costs may be avoided by reaching out to a professional and identifying your own risk factors for fall injuries.
At M&M Physical Therapy, our professionals are available to help you understand your susceptibility to fall injuries. We provide you with personalized care, tailored towards your specific needs. An initial evaluation can be done to test your strength, balance, endurance, gait pattern and posture.
Following your initial evaluation, a physical therapist will develop a specialized treatment program to target specific risk factors and limitations identified during your evaluation.
In addition to your treatment program at one of M&M Physical Therapy offices, home assessments can also be performed to help you identify potential hazards.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports:
- One of three older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor.
- Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.
- Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
Take a stand and visit a trained physical therapist that can help you identify your risk factors.
Our Fall Prevention Plan checklist can help identify your likelihood of fall injury. Patients are asked 11 questions regarding their daily habits and movement and then asked to appropriately document their response on the list. Your risk of falling is greater with the more “Yes” answers you have. By following the provided prevention recommendations on the list, you can lower your risk and falling and maintain your independence.
Risk factors of falling include:
- Muscle Weakness
- Use of an Assistive Device
- Gait Abnormality
- Visual Deficits
- Taking Four or More Medications
With Direct Access in New Jersey, you no longer need a physician’s prescription for physical therapy, making it easier for you to feel better faster and to save money.
Call 856-234-4600 to schedule your fall prevention assessment today or request an appointment online.