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Opps a daisy…. stay upright.

Gavin LeSueur - March 25, 2014

Have you had a fall recently? If so it is important to discuss it with your Doctor if the reason was not apparent or you have some risk factors which could mean a fall having ongoing consequences.

Falls can be very serious if you are elderly or are at risk of low-trauma fractures (osteoporosis, Vitamin D or calcium deficient). They may not be due to just being clumsy – sometimes falls can be due to medical conditions such as inappropriate blood pressure drop, balance disorders, vision issues, muscle weakness or delayed reflexes.

To help prevent falls, older people need to be encouraged to undertake regular exercise (especially balance training), have regular vision assessments, consider having an in home occupational therapist do a home safety assessment and ensure their Doctor is aware of the problem.

A fall a day will not keep the Doctor away. Hasten for a check up.

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