Respected Ear, Nose, and Throat Physicians and Surgeons. Exceptional Skills.

Cutting-edge Treatments for Ear Nose, Throat, and Allergy. Snoring/Sleep Apnea, Sinusitis/Balloon Sinuplasty,
Eustachian Tube Balloon-plasty, and Tinnitus relief.

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Respected Ear, Nose, and Throat Physicians and Surgeons. Exceptional Skills.

Cutting-edge Treatments for Ear Nose, Throat, and Allergy. Snoring/Sleep Apnea, Sinusitis/Balloon Sinuplasty, Eustachian Tube Balloon-plasty, and Tinnitus relief.

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Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention: How to Avoid Accidental Falls

Can Accidental Falls be Prevented?

Do you find yourself slipping or tripping over things or accidentally falling? You are not alone. Accidental falls are a public health crisis. According to the CDC, one out of four elderly Americans (aged 65+) falls each year resulting in over 800,000 patients per year being hospitalized1. The good news is, there are ways to avoid falls!

First, let’s talk about what causes falls. There are several risk factors, here are just a few2:

  • Poor balance, causing unsteadiness on your feet
  • Weak muscles, especially in the legs
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness 
  • Foot problems
  • Cognitive decline or difficulties with thinking or problem-solving
  • Vision and hearing problems (inner ear and vestibular issues)
  • Taking medication that makes you dizzy or drowsy 

Now that we know what can cause a fall, let’s talk about ways to prevent them3.

  • Do exercises that work on your balance, strength, and flexibility (Tai Chi is a good one!)
  • Ask for a fall risk assessment with a balance professional
  • Have your vision and hearing checked annually.  (take an on-line hearing test here)
  • Check your home to make it safer: improve lighting, remove tripping hazards, install handrails
  • Review your medications with your doctor 

It is important to take steps now to improve your health to prevent future falls!

 

1 CDC Injury prevention and control. Retrieved August 20, 2023 
2 NHS Inform causes of falls. Retrieved August 29, 2023 
3 American Academy of Audiology Increased risk of falling. Retrieved August 29, 2023