According to the CDC, falls are the number one cause of injury and death to older adults (65+). Wow, what a way to start a blog post – doom and gloom. Well, I’m posting this for two reasons. For one, this statistic is near and dear to my heart; it is actually the reason why my grandfather passed years ago. Second, OrthoCore PT is pleased to offer a solution to prevent falls in older adults – the Otago Exercise Program.
I’m sure some of you are reading this thinking, “falls? Really? I fall all the time.” This may be true, but unfortunately as we age we don’t exactly bounce back from a fall the way we used to. From the death perspective, it may not be the fall that causes death. It is usually the associated loss in activity and the hospital stay that leads to death unfortunately. So yes, people fall, but no, it’s not okay or normal.
OrthoCore’s solution is to improve a patient’s strength, flexibility, and balance using the Otago Exercise Program (OEP) to prevent falls from happening in the first place. The OEP is a 6-8week exercise program that has been statistically proven to help improve a patient’s balance and decrease fall risk. The best part about the OEP is that it can be covered under Medicare when conducted with a Physical Therapist. We’re here to help people prevent falls, and keep someone’s mom, dad, grandmother, or grandfather around just a little bit longer (even if they can be cranky sometimes).
Contact us if you or someone in your family is interested in the OEP program at OrthoCore Physical Therapy. Give us a call at 401-667-0131 or contact us here.
- Ian at OrthoCore Physical Therapy