The High Risk of Falls & How to Avoid Them
Did you know that having a fall accounts for 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations?
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related admissions for seniors. Annually, about 30% of persons older than 65 fall at least once, and 15% fall at least twice. 5% of these falls lead to fracture, and 5% lead to other serious injuries. Furthermore, research suggests that falls are the direct cause of 95% of all hip fractures.
The good news is falls can be avoided!
Many different risk factors contribute to falls, but muscle weakness and poor balanceunderlie most cases. Strength training against resistance, and dynamic balance retraining improve both strength and balance, and have been shown to decrease the risk of falling.
– Tandia, Spinal Technician