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Let's Talk about the F-Word: Falling – how to prevent it and how to recover naturally after falling.

We shouldn't accept falls as a normal part of life. It's true that as we age our chances of having a fall increases, but falls are caused by a number of risk factors that can affect a person of any age. Did you know that one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury? Falls are usually caused by an interaction of a number of risk factors. The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk of falling. Preventing falls is about recognizing, and where possible, taking action to reduce the risk. Risk factors for falls If you experience any, or a combination, of the following you could be at an increased risk:

  • Weak muscles, especially in the legs

  • Vitamin D deficiency

  • Memory loss, confusion or difficulties with thinking or problem solving

  • Vision and hearing problems

  • Poor balance

  • Dizziness

  • Black outs, fainting or loss of consciousness

  • Taking medication that makes you dizzy or drowsy

  • Some bladder or bowel conditions

Fear of falling is a major risk as people tend to limit their activities in order not to fall, which results in increasing muscle weakness, poor balance and a higher risk of falls.

What do you when you fall:

  • Take a hot bath

  • See a chiropractor

  • Stretch

  • Drink a lot of fluids

What You Can Do to Prevent Falls

  • Talk to Your Doctor: Ask your doctor or healthcare provider to evaluate your risk for falling and talk with them about specific things you can do

  • Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about taking vitamin D supplements.

  • Do Strength and Balance Exercises

  • Have Your Eyes Checked

A fall may be a sign

A fall might be the first sign of a new or worsening health condition. New, and often

For this reason, you should always speak to or see Dr. Penn or your health professional – such as a physiotherapist or occupational therapist – if you've had a fall.

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