Elderly rehabilitation and falls prevention

Many people over the age of 65 years suffer with poor balance and mobility problems, this can lead to falls. Statistics state that 1 in 3 people aged over 65 years will fall each year (Tinetti 1988). If you have fallen previously you have an over 50% risk of experiencing a further fall in the subsequent year (Tinetti 1989, Nevitt 1989). This can lead to injuries of muscles, joints and broken bones.

Falls can be prevented with a carefully designed physiotherapy exercise programme tailored to you. People fall for many reasons which can include;

  • Balance problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Mobility problems
  • Environmental hazards e.g. rugs

A physiotherapy assessment will highlight which areas are problematic for you and these will be focused on during treatment. For best results, it is recommended that exercises are completed for a total of 50 hours, 2 hours a week for 6 months (Sherrington et al 2011). This may include physiotherapy sessions, exercises at home and walking practice.

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