Forget Falls – Focus on Physiotherapy!
A fall is defined as ‘an unexpected event in which a person comes to rest on the ground, floor or lower level’. A fall cannot be explained by medical causes (such as low blood pressure or a stroke) nor caused by an overwhelming external force.
According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, there are more than 3 million falls a year. 1 in 3 people over 65 will fall every year and half of those who fall, will fall again within 12 months. Falls cost the NHS over £2.3 billion a year. Not only do they have a large cost to the NHS, they also have a major impact on a person’s lifestyle as well as that of their family. Consequences of a fall may include loss of confidence, activity restriction, reduced social interaction as well as physical injuries.
The goals of physiotherapy for fallers are to prevent further falls, teach fallers to cope with any unwanted falls (teach ways to get up from the floor and call for help), ensure their living environment is as safe as possible, increase confidence and improve quality of life. Physiotherapy also promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. A physiotherapist will work on strength and endurance, co-ordination and balance, flexibility, confidence and fear of falling in order to obtain the best outcome for their patient.
At Silver Physio, we work with our clients to provide an individual treatment plan following a fall. To see how we can help reduce the chance of further falls, contact us on 020 3637 8988 or email email@example.com