September is National Healthy Aging Month! I’m all about folks aging well. I firmly believe that aging should not be a dreaded thing—it should be celebrated! Physical health and wellness is my passion within my tiny of scope of healthcare. Therefore, I want to take the opportunity to talk about falls. Falls are way too common, way too costly, and can lead to some pretty serious disability (or worse in some cases)1. The research is there and it isn’t hard to find.
I love being able to help someone recover from a fall and regain their strength and confidence. I would love to prevent falls even more, however. This can save someone a lot of money, and it can save them from a lot of unnecessary pain and disability. I think physical therapists are in a unique position to help reduce falls in older adults.
Physical therapists have the time to really sit down with patients and review medical, social, and fall history. We can talk to them about their vision, their confidence, their home layout, their current diets and exercise routines. We have the medical training to recognize when someone’s falls are due to a more serious pathology and we can refer out as needed. We have a battery of tests and measurements to predict risk and track progress. Our interventions are safe and cost-effective. It is my hope that both healthcare professionals and the public think #getPT1st when it comes to preventing falls.
In honor of the month, please take a few minutes to talk to the older adults in your life about falls. Tell them about physical therapy. And if you have any questions, please leave a comment! In you are interested in an evaluation by one of our doctors of physical therapy, give us a call at 425-673-5220. We would love to be a part of the solution. Learn more about MOSAIC Physical Therapy at www.mosaicrehab.com/MLT.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/