Dr. Jurd-Sadler completes fall risk assessments in her office, to determine whether or not you’re at risk of injuries related to falls. She goes over your medical history, completes a physical examination, and asks you a series of questions to determine your fall risk level.
There are several factors to consider when determining if you’re at risk of falling. Anybody can fall at any time, but some people have a higher fall risk than others. The following factors can increase your chance of falling:
Chronic conditions that can increase your fall risk include stroke, incontinence, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and diabetes. External factors that might cause you to fall are:
After completing a fall risk assessment, Dr. Jurd-Sadler works with you to come up with appropriate treatments or strategies to help you avoid falls and injuries associated with them.
If you’re an older adult or have a chronic disease that puts you at risk of falling, Dr. Jurd-Sadler may recommend the following lifestyle changes:
If you have a chronic disease like diabetes or low blood pressure, properly managing the disease lowers your risk of falling. When getting up from a seated position, stand up slowly to avoid sudden drops in blood pressure and dizziness.
If you fall, stay as calm as possible and try to relax. If you aren’t hurt or have a minor injury, roll over onto your side and crawl or walk to a sturdy chair. If you are hurt, yell for help or call 911 if you’re alone. Always keep a phone nearby or an emergency response system on a necklace or bracelet in case of an emergency.
When you’re ready to assess your fall risk and take precautions to lower your risk of falling, call Progressive Podiatry or book an appointment online today.
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