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The Importance of Fall Prevention

With 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 falling each year, balance is a skill you shouldn’t take for granted. Even the smallest fall can cause someone to avoid certain activities in fear that it will happen again. While this issue affects senior citizens across Suffolk County, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. From tidying up around the house to seeing a physical therapist, you could improve your balance and prevent falls.

One way you can avoid falling is by doing some spring cleaning. Walkways in the house can be major danger zones for falls if they are cluttered. If there are other parts of the house where there is a lot of movement, we recommend that you remove any furniture that is in the way. Removing electrical cords and other items can help you stay on your feet. For more assistance in preventing falls, a physical therapist could help.

If you or a loved one still has concerns, make an appointment to see a physical therapist. He or she will evaluate you in order to determine the best course of treatment. This may include doing exercises that involve strengthening the affected muscles. If you live in Suffolk County on Long Island, the Safe Steps Fall Prevention Program at United Rehab Physical Therapy has been effective in preventing falls. This program uses the evidence published by the American Geriatric Association to ensure that each patient achieves their goals of having better balance.

Since 2008, United Rehab Physical Therapy prides itself on providing each patient with the personalized and high-quality care that they deserve. With four locations across Suffolk County, you will find the best office to receive your treatment without having to go out of your way. For more information, call any of our offices whose numbers are on our website. We hope to see you soon!

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