Fall, A Season? Or A Safety Concern?

Fall, A Season? Or a Safety Concern?

With the leaves changing and seasons turning it is time to talk about “Fall”, but perhaps not in the way you are thinking.  As the weather changes and the temperature outdoors starts to decrease the incidence of fall related injuries has been noted to increased1. A good working definition for the context of fall that we will be discussing is any event that leads to an unplanned, unexpected contact with a supporting surface2 . Here at Legacy we have an interconnected team of specialists that can identify risk factors that may predispose a patient for falls then provide timely intervention and recommendations on how to decrease the risk of falling.

A few quick statistics to emphasize the importance of intervention in patients with poor balance:

  • 25-35% of people 65 and older experience 1 or more falls per year2-4
  • 40% of hospital admissions for 65 and older are the result of a fall-related injury5
  • Average hospital stay for fall injury for ages 65 and up = 11.6 days5
  • Approximately 50% of older adults hospitalized for falls are discharged to a nursing home5

If you are feeling unsteady on your feet, constantly worrying that a fall is imminent, or pain has started limiting your mobility then reach out to your local medical doctor, someone from the Legacy Team, or your local physical therapist for a treatment plan that will have you ready for Spring!

1 Pui-Yee, et al. Higher incidence of falls in winter among older people in Hong Kong.

2 Tinetti ME, Ginter SF. Identifying mobility dysfunctions in elderly patients: standard neuromuscular examination or direct assessment? JAMA. 1988;259:1190-1193.

3 Tinetti ME, Speechley M Ginter SF. Risk factors for falls among elderly persons living in the community. N Engl J Med. 1989:319: 1701-1707.

4 Nevitt MC, Cummings SR. Risk factors for recurrent non-syncopal falls: a prospective study. JAMA. 1989;261:266.7-2668.

5 Tinetti ME, Mendes de Leon CF, Doucette JT, Baker DI. Fear of falling and fall-related efficacy in relationship to functioning among community-dwelling elders. J Gerontology. 1994;49:M140-M147.

Update as of 3/23/2020

 

The physicians of Legacy Spine and Neurological Specialists are fully committed to continuing to offer care to all our patients in the safest possible manner for our staff and all our patients, as well as all the entire population of our state, during this unprecedented healthcare crisis our nation is facing at this time.   Social distancing is the most important method of trying to slow the spread of this pandemic. Therefore starting 3/23/2020 we are closed. You may call 501-661-0077 or continue to our website and use our securing messaging system.

 

As of 3/30/202 we will offer Telehealth consultations for new and existing patients in accordance with the requests of President Trump and Governor Hutchinson.   We will do the very best we can To arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan for your issues via Telehealth. Most non urgent in person care will be explained and planned for but delayed until the social distancing is no longer appropriate for your condition. We will be offering in person care for only for limited urgent issues including selected spinal And cranial procedures.

 

Our MRI will be used with the greatest of preventative caution and in strict adherence of social distancing for our patients and staff.

 

Please be patient with any inconveniences during this period of time. We hope that all will join us in prayer for a full recovery for all Across the entire world afflicted with the Covid 19 and that we will this invisible war ASAP, and for the souls of those who have lost the battle!   God Bless America and the World!

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