Falls and fractures are a danger for everyone, but particularly the elderly and disabled populations. In fact, over 30,000 people die in the U.S. each year from fall-related injuries, with most of those victims being elderly.
As we age, or when we have coexisting medical conditions, the risk of falls and resulting injuries increases. A fall and resulting fracture can be devastating since bones take substantial time to heal, even for a fit and healthy individual.
A loss of mobility and the resulting slow recovery process can cause a person to lose their job and/or home and have to move to a rehabilitation facility. This loss of independence is so traumatic for some that they fall victim to an array of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.
Even though falls and fractures can be disastrous, they are usually preventable. Following recommended safety guidelines greatly reduces your risk of falling, therefore also decreasing the risk of fractures. The best practices for fall safety include:
- Maintaining an active lifestyle
- Having your vision tested regularly and wearing your glasses or contacts as prescribed
- Having your hearing tested and wearing your hearing aid as prescribed
- Knowing your medication’s side effects
- Getting enough sleep
- Limiting your alcohol consumption
- Moving slowly and with intention, especially when standing up
- Using assistive mobility devices if needed
- Being aware of your surroundings, especially slippery surfaces
- Wearing safe, comfortable, non-skidding footwear
- Discussing all fall with your doctor, even if they don’t result in injury
If you have experienced a fall or fracture and want to recover as quickly as possible, call Florida Injury & Wellness Center in Wesley Chapel at (813) 973-4747 or contact us online today. We can also help you identify your fall hazards and put prevention measures into place. Come find out why people all over Tampa Bay trust Dr. Hancock and his team to improve their quality of life after an injury and get them back on their feet in no time.