The importance of fall prevention is of the utmost. Falls in the United States cost the nation $50 billion in 2015, falls and costs are increasing annually. Each year 3 million elderly people are traeeaed in the emergeny rooms for fall releated injuries. 95% of hip fractures are the results of falling. Fall prevention is best accomplished with a team approach: talking with your doctor to review medications for detrimental interactions or to see if changes can be made to reduce the deleterious side effects: talking with family and going through one's home to insure it is safe and easy to maneuver throughout and make changes if needed; unergoing a balance assessment at Fyzical to determine your fall risk and interventions/exercises that can be done to help reduce fall risk.
Did You Know?
- 1/3 of the population over 65 falls each year
- In patients over 75, imbalance is the #1 reason for a doctor visit
- Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions
- Falls are the #1 cause of fractures
- Falls account for 40% of all nursing home admissions
- At least half of the overall United States population is affected by a balance or vestibular disorder sometime during their lives.
- Approximately 15 out of every 1000 individuals consult their family physician each year with complaints of vertigo, dizziness, or imbalance; half the individuals over the age of 65 will develop positional vertigo.
- Of all falls suffered by the elderly, 50% are reported to be the result of vestibular problems.
- In approximately 15% of vestibular patients, the cause cannot be recognized.
- Vestibular dysfunction is a prominent part of balance disorders, particularly in the elderly, and is a significant source of morbidity.
- It has been estimated that 65% of individuals older than 60 years of age experience dizziness or loss of balance, often on a daily basis.
- Dizziness is a common symptom affecting about 30% of people over the age of 65.
- Approximately 12.5 million Americans over the age of 65 have a dizziness or balance problem that significantly interferes with their lives.
- In the US, the estimated cost of medical care for patients with balance disorders exceeds $1 billion annually.
- Dizziness can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in elderly persons, in whom it often represents dysfunction in more than one body system.
- Many cases of dizziness are actually neurological.