Falling Down: Am I at Risk?
By Physical Therapy Staff
May 03, 2017
Category: Balance

If you are living in constant fear of falling, you may actually be increasing your risk for falls. According to an article by Landers et al., psychological factors including a “fear of falling” and certain “fear avoidance behaviors” are better predictors of falling than actual physical measures. 

Am I at Risk of Falling?

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This means that your risk for falling can be predicted by your own self-confidence in your balance. If you are avoiding activities that you once enjoyed due to a fear of falling, you could be contributing to your own risk due to inactivity and sedentary behaviors. A specialized physical therapy program directed towards improving gait and balance can greatly improve your confidence to keep you safe, independent, and active!

 

Source: (Landers, M. R., Oscar, S., Sasaoka, J., & Vaughn, K. (2015). Balance Confidence and Fear of Falling Avoidance Behavior Are Most Predictive of Falling in Older Adults: Prospective Analysis. Physical Therapy, 96(4), 433-442. doi:10.2522/ptj.20150184)

 

 

 

The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin specializes in hearing  related disorders including tinnitus and hearing loss, neurophysiological disorders as well as dizziness/balance disorders.  Currently accepting new adult and pediatric audiology patients. The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin is the hearing and balance division of Great Hills ENT and serves the greater Austin area including the Arboretum, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, hearing aids, tinnitus, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders.

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