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Winter in New England is a beautiful wonderland, but it is notorious for treacherous weather. With this comes a higher risk of slips and falls. We are all at risk, but your risk increases with age. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adults over age 65 will fall each year. Falls with injury can significantly decrease your independence and mobility. With a little preparation and knowledge, you can reduce your risk.
Balance is essentially your ability to stay upright. Your body takes in information about your environment and position via sensation, vision, and the vestibular system (the inner ear), and then reacts. Medical and physical problems can interfere with this. For example, vision problems and neuropathy limit our ability to take in environmental information, while changes in posture, joint movement, and strength can alter our ability to react appropriately.
For all ages, the following tips can help keep you safe:
Have you tried all of these strategies and still feel off-balance? Do you wonder if your balance is normal? For a quick test, stand next to a counter and try to stand on one leg. If you are <60, you should be able to stand >40 seconds. If you are 60-80, you should be able to stand 17-27 seconds. This is one of many tests used to screen for balance problems. At New England Sinai Hospital, physical therapists will assess your balance and work with you to reduce your risk of falls. If you feel as though you are walking on a tightrope, come in and let us help you back onto solid ground. Learn more about services for physical therapy in Stoughton or call 781-297-1383.