Friday, August 31, 2012

Falls can kill

We all love the saying, "I've fallen and I can't get up" but do we understand what falling means to a person. 

According to Dr. Sutton:
  • Falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults and this can lead to more that 250,000 hip fractures A YEAR!  These fractures result in a 35% mortality rate within the FIRST YEAR of injury.
  • 40% of the American population over the age of 62 will experience a fall.  50% of senior citizens fall within the first year of injury.
  • 50% of older Americans that are hospitalized for fall-related injuries are discharged to NURSING HOMES.
I don't know about you but this is scary.  We hear about all these diseases; cancer, heart conditions, stroke, etc. that hurt us but falling? 

What Causes Dizziness & Loss of Balance? (Vestibular Disorders)
According to Dr. Sutton:

In most cases, balance problems originate within three systems integrated by the brain: the inner ears; eyes; and our muscles, joints and nerves. The brain processes this information and directs instructions back to our bodies enabling us to walk, turn, and bend easily. If one, or any combination, of these systems develops a problem, then dizziness or a loss of balance will usually occur. Even a sense of being unsteady is a sign that a balance evaluation is needed.
prevent deadly falls

What Can Be Done to Help? (Vestibular Therapy)
In a safe, controlled setting, our clinic will use the latest technology to test your balance and mobility skills. The test is simple, totally painless and non-invasive. If the results reveal a problem, I will personally discuss the findings with you and how we may be able to help you. If you do have a problem that we can help with and you choose to participate in our treatment program, then we will design a training program customized to meet each patient's individual needs.

So....what can you do?  You can take preventative measures!!  Call Premier Back Rehabilitation Center to schedule a Balance evaluation.  They use the latest techniques and tests.

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