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Quiz: Am I At Risk For Falls

Am I At Risk For Falls?

by Peter Batz, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN, AIB-VR/CON1 Comment

A fall is something that nobody wants to experience. They can leave us or a loved one with bruises, scrapes, broken bones and worse. But how do we know if we are at risk for falls? Answer the questions below to see if you are someone that is at a higher risk for falls and learn the resources available to help prevent a fall from occurring.

Q: Have you fallen in the last 12 months?

Research has shown that if you have had a fall in the past 12 months you are more likely to fall again.

Q: Are you 65 or older?

The CDC has found that 1 out of 4 older adults is likely to have a fall. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries according to the CDC.

Q: Are you afraid of falling?

It has been shown that people that are afraid of falling are more likely to fall than those that are not.

Q: What kind and how many medications are you taking?

There are lots of different medications that can cause side effects, such as dizziness or low blood pressure, that could lead to a fall. These include opioids, sedatives, diuretics and more. Taking more of these medications can lead to the risk of possible interactions that put you at higher risk for falls as well.

Q: Do you get dizzy when standing up?

Getting dizzy when standing up could be something known as orthostatic hypotension. This means that your blood pressure decreases with changes in position where your heart has to adjust to pumping harder due to gravity. This can cause momentary dizziness when first getting up, leading to an increased risk of falls.

Our Team Is Here To Help!

If you have any questions about your potential risk of a fall or how to manage these risks, please contact your local Athletico Physical Therapy clinic and schedule a free assessment to talk with a movement expert who can help. Free assessments are available in-clinic and virtually through our telehealth platform.

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*Per federal guidelines, beneficiaries of plans such as Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, VHA and other federally funded plans are not eligible for free assessments.

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Peter Batz is a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in orthopedics, vestibular therapy, headache/TMD, dry needling, ACL rehabilitation, and injury prevention. Peter graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He also completed an orthopedic residency through Evidence in Motion and obtained his Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS). He strives to get his patients back to performing at their peak levels so they can enjoy life to the fullest.

1 Comment

  1. Rae-Vinnette Lynn

    I will be coming to you for bCK Pin but I also have balance issues. I am 77 years old and also have tricare for life. I live in Lee’s Summit and have used one of your facilities in the last year or two and would like go to that facility as it is close to home (there is a starbucks next door.

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