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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Falling: Tips to help you to Prevent Falls

The below video goes over some of the basics in a Fall Prevention Program. So if you are worried about yourself or a loved one, please have them evaluated and see if common sense procedures like improving Range of Motion and Balance can help prevent a nasty, and many times, life threatening fall.

The summary of points made in the video is:
  • Look at problems in range of motion of various joints that can be corrected
  • Look at lower extremity and core strength
  • Evaluate gait patterns looking for possible problems
  • Evaluate the shoes the patient wears for possible instability and their basic foot structure
  • Look at all postural issue like hunching over or leaning to one side
  • Evaluate whether walking aids, like hiking poles, may be helpful
  • Evaluate whether sitting technique may need to be changed
  • Discuss the history of previous falls or episodes of instability for clues as to cause and correction

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