We're Spreading the Message that Physical Therapy Prevents Falls – the Leading Cause of Fatal Injury in Older Adults
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among people ages 65 and older. About 30 million older Americans fall every year, and two-thirds of those who fall will likely do so again within six months. But most falls, especially those that cause serious injury, can be prevented with physical therapy. That’s why TODAY, September 23 – the official first day of fall – is also Falls Prevention Awareness Day and kicks off Falls Prevention Awareness Week (Sept. 23-29).
To spread this fall prevention message, local members of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) are available all week to discuss and demonstrate how PT can help older adults stop falls before they happen.
Physical therapists provide fall risk screenings examining any issues that could cause a fall, including decreased strength, balance problems, difficulty walking, medication effects, impaired vision, cognition issues, health conditions and more. Physical therapists then use each fall risk screening to tailor an individualized program geared toward strengthening balance, overcoming impairment and improving mobility.
Fall risk screenings can be done in any setting – from hospitals and medical clinics to nursing homes and senior or community centers like the YMCA. If you go to the emergency room for a fall-related injury, fall prevention can even begin in the ER if there is a physical therapist on staff.
To learn more about physical therapy’s role in preventing falls, restoring movement and mobility, and treating chronic pain and addiction, visit the FPTA’s educational website: www.PTforPain.org and watch the FPTA’s informational video on falls: https://vimeo.com/244121344.
About the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA)
The Florida Physical Therapy Association is the only healthcare professional organization that solely represents the special interests of practicing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in the state of Florida. The FPTA educates Floridians, healthcare providers, and public policy decision makers about the key role physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in restoring and improving motion. It is physical therapy that provides prevention, wellness, and rehabilitative treatment options that improve people’s lives. Learn more at www.FPTA.org.