A recent meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials, or a summary of a lot of other good research, looked at what worked best to prevent falls in the elderly population. There conclusion was that, “There is consistent evidence that exercise and individually tailored muti-factorial interventions are effective in reducing falls”.
The main take away is that exercise is a great way to prevent falls, general exercise is great, and a specific program tailored to your specific weaknesses is better. Falls are too frequent and risk for injury too high. Fractures, joints replacements, and head trauma are just a few common injuries leading to hospitalization. Often times this is the first step down a long road of recovery which involves multiple healthcare facilities, and places a strain on the patient, family, and friends.
Come visit your local Physical Therapist and we can identify your weaknesses, and put you on the right road to health and good balance.
Merry Christmas from Premier Therapy