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September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month #FightTheFall

 

It's no secret that the Boomer's are aging out. In general, we live a much more active life longer than generations that came before us. And that means that we most definitely need to take fall prevention seriously. Healthcare in the United States is volitie, and as services/reimbursements become more limited taking a proactive approach, rahter than a reacitve approach is definitey the prudent thing to do.

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2005-2014, United States Unintentional Fall Death Rates per 100,000 All Races, Both Sexes, Ages 65+  Source: www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars 2005: 43.12, 2006: 44.8, 2007: 48.47, 2008: 50.91, 2009: 51.54, 2010: 53.76, 2011: 55.36, 2012: 56.07, 2013: 56.96, 2014: 58.48

  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury
  • Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
  • Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
  • Falls are preventable.

A little known fact is that every year Medicare has a set value of Physical Therapy (PT) dollars that you have. Use them or not, they are there. Take the time to invest in your health and independance, before the fall happens.

 

To learn more visit: https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html

 
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.

By Physical Therapy Staff
May 01, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Tags: Austin   Vertigo   Physical Therapy   Diabetes   Dizziness  

Diabetes mellitus affects millions of people in the United States, and its prevalence is continuing to rise. Neuropathy and retinopathy are two well-known complications from diabetes that can greatly impact balance and lead to an increased risk for falls due to damage to the visual and proprioceptive systems. However, recent research has identified an additional complication from diabetes- an impaired vestibular system.

Dizziness, Diabetes & Your Vestibular System | Austin, TX | Physical Therapy

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 According to an article by D’Silva et al., structural and physiological changes, as well as, clinical evidence of vestibular dysfunction have been identified in individuals with diabetes. According to the authors of this article, a “comprehensive evaluation of the vestibular system may be necessary in people who have diabetes and balance impairment.”  They go on to suggest that “interventions that address all 3 sensory input systems (visual, vestibular, and somatosensory) may be essential for reducing the risk of falls.”

Source: D'silva, L. J., Lin, J., Staecker, H., Whitney, S. L., & Kluding, P. M. (2015). Impact of Diabetic Complications on Balance and Falls: Contribution of the Vestibular System. Physical Therapy, 96(3), 400-409. doi:10.2522/ptj.20140604

 

 

 

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