Every 11 seconds, an older American is treated for a fall-related injury. While falls aren’t totally preventable, there are things that everyone over 55 can do to help minimize the chances of a spill – for example, using assistive devices like canes or walkers if you have balance issues. Older adults can also strengthen muscles and improve balance with the help of specialized exercises.
Once you’ve been in hospital care for an injury, illness or major medical procedure such as a hip replacement, it can be difficult to leave. You’re close to your doctor. You have your routine down and nurses ready at the touch of a button. You wonder… what’s the next step?
Physical therapy isn’t just for recuperation after a fall or injury. At Santé, many of our home health care patients receive physical therapy as part of their program. Physical therapy can help senior citizens strengthen weak muscles and increase mobility. It can also improve endurance, so that the patient can enjoy physical hobbies like gardening or golf for longer periods of time.
Artificial joints aren’t as uncommon as you might think. According to doctors at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, around 7 million Americans have an artificial hip or knee. Many of these are older adults. About 7% of people over 50 have had a complete replacement surgery – and that number doesn’t even include those with partial artificial joints!