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Falls & Mobility Issues Treatment Information
Our physicians strive to ensure that your environment, medicine and exercise keep your risk for falls low. We use comprehensive services to prevent falls, including:
- Fall history. We ask you and your family a series of questions to determine if there is a common factor that may have caused your falls, such as location or time of day. These questions help us develop a prevention plan best suited to your needs and assess how safe you are in your home. Even small things like wearing different shoes or not wearing glasses can increase your risk for falls.
- Medicine assessment. Some medicines increase your risk for falls. For instance, if blood pressure medicines drop your blood pressure too low, you may become dizzy and lose your balance. Antidepressants can also cause balance issues. We carefully assess your medicines and how they interact to determine if they are decreasing your mobility. We adjust your medicines as necessary and inform your primary care physician about the change, so he or she can continue to manage your health.
- Referral to specialists. Physical therapists and occupational therapists teach you safe exercises to increase your strength and balance. We may refer you to expert IU Health therapists who provide rehabilitation in your home or in outpatient clinics. Therapy may include exercise or even just performing normal daily tasks. Muscle weakness may not be the cause behind falls. Other ways you perform activities, such as how you stand up, take the stairs or lift objects, may be affecting your balance. Occupational therapists specialize in teaching you how to perform these tasks in safer ways.
- Referral to assisted living or extended-care facilities. If your home environment is no longer safe for you, we refer you to facilities that give you around-the-clock care and improved safety. We work with you and your family to determine the best location for you depending on where you would like to live, what level of care you need and other factors.
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Falls & Mobility Issues Support Services
Find out how you can prevent falls and improve your mobility at the websites below.
A Sampling of Falls & Mobility Issues Support Services
National Institutes of Health: Senior Health
The National Institutes of Health website shares information on fall-proofing your home, maintaining your bone health and using devices to prevent falls.
This website explores the risks involved with falls and how to prevent them.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on the frequency of falls, the cost of falls and who is at risk.
IU Health Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Our expert physical and occupational therapists can help you improve your strength and balance and reduce your risk for falls.