Being unsteady on your feet or falling is a common problem as you get older. Research tells us that a third of over 65 year olds fall once a year, increasing to 50% of people aged over 80. Fortunately Physiotherapy can help!
A specialist Physiotherapist can take a detailed history from you and do a thorough examination to work out what is causing you to fall. We know that usually there are a range of factors that increase your risk of falls. Have a look at our previous blog posts on some of the causes of falls.
A Physiotherapist will talk to you about:
- What’s important to you and your concerns
- The details of what happened when you fell or lost your balance
- Your medical history and medication
- Your home set up and how you manage different tasks
- Your current diet and exercise habits
A Physiotherapist will also assess you physically, looking at:
- Your heart rate and rhythm
- Your blood pressure
- Your strength
- How you manage different balance tasks, including turning, closing your eyes and doing two things at one
- Your walking pattern
By reviewing these factors (and many others!) a Physiotherapist can work out what is causing your falls to make sure you have the right treatment for you.