5 keys to preventing slips and falls if you’re at risk

5 keys to preventing slips and falls

There are a lot of reasons why someone might be at risk of falling: vertigo, a neurological disorder, age-related muscle degeneration. While some of these conditions aren’t “curable,” there are some things anyone can do to reduce their chances of falling.

Below are five keys to preventing slips and falls if you’re at risk. No matter why you’re at risk, these tips can help you stay safe.

5 keys to preventing slips and falls

These tips are designed to keep you on your feet and away from injury:

  1. Be honest with yourself about your condition — Whether you’ve suffered a concussion, you’ve been diagnosed with a balance disorder, or your legs just aren’t as strong as they used to be, be real with yourself about your capabilities and limitations. Avoid any situations that could increase your risk of falling.
  2. Get a medical alert device A medical alert device is more than just a button you can press to call for help if you fall; today’s devices have built-in sensors that interpret your movements and will call without you having to press a button. It may sound a bit Big Brother-y, but it could save your life if you’re unable to contact help.
  3. Rearrange your home Make life easier for yourself by clearing your floors and railings so you can walk through your home without fear of falling. Replace any throw rugs with nonslip versions to reduce your odds of tripping.
  4. Wear proper footwear Good footwear is key to preventing slips and falls . Make sure to wear shoes with a strong grip that will keep you standing upright, and avoid any pairs with a slippery bottom.
  5. Talk to a physical therapist A physical therapist may be able to help you strengthen your muscles, increase your joint mobility, and address any balance or gait disorders increasing your fall risk.

SSOR Physical Therapy can help

As we said, seeking professional treatment is one of the keys to preventing slips and fails, and we are professionals. Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation offers vestibular rehab and a range of other services for people with a high risk of falling.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.