Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition. Falls are a common, but often overlooked cause of injury. Most falls don't result in serious injury. However, there's always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn and feel as if they've lost their independence.
Often before falling, people have no symptoms. When an environmental hazard or a hazardous situation results in a fall, there is little or no warning.
Older people are more likely to have a fall because they may have:
The first priority is treatment of injuries, such as head injuries, fractures, sprained ligaments, and strained muscles.
The next priority is to prevent subsequent falls by treating disorders that may have contributed to the fall. Physical and occupational therapists can help improve people's walking and balance as well as their self-confidence after a Fall. They can provide tips on how to avoid falling. Therapists can also encourage people to remain active. Physical therapy and supervised balance training and stretching can help reduce the risk of falling.