Fall Risk Assessment in Lafayette, LA
Fall Risk Assessments administered by professional therapists can identify your particular risk for a major fall so that your clinician can recommend a plan of care to correct potential fall risk.
According to the CDC, approximately one in three adults over the age of 65 will fall each year, and the risk of fall increases gradually in even older patients. Slips and falls are one of the most common reasons for trips to the emergency room by seniors as well. Each year in the U.S., more than 1.6 million older adults go to the ER for fall related injuries.
Our team of physical therapists at PT South use proven methods to measure and assess your gait (the way you walk), among other indicators, to determine how likely you are to fall. This is called your “fall risk factor,” and if treated in time, can minimize your risk for falls. Once a fall risk assessment has been given, a plan of care can then be recommended for strength, gait and balance training. A fall risk assessment combined with a plan of corrective care can improve the quality of your life while potentially decreasing your risk for slips and falls.
Hip fractures, and other serious injuries caused by slips and falls can lead to the loss of independence, necessitating long-term care. If you have fallen, report this to your physician immediately so that you can get proper care as soon as possible. Serious falls can lead to complications and even death, so it is imperative to get medical care right away.
Fall Risk Assessments usually take less than thirty minutes to complete. Schedule your assessment today by calling the front office at our Youngsville, LA or Lafayette, LA offices.