Physical therapy can make a difference—not just in recovery, but in falls prevention.
Falls are a major public health concern. According to the CDC, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States, and 20% to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Falls can exact a toll long after the initial injury, outranking chronic kidney disease, asthma, and Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in terms of effects on disability-adjusted life years, according to a 2017 Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors study.
The physical therapy profession's role in falls risk reduction and prevention is supported by a strong body of research. What we do works.
Additional Balance and Falls Content
Sep 22, 2020 / News
The magnitude of falls as a public health issue is significant — but more attention to falls prevention could make a difference.
Mar 13, 2020 / Review
The rate of deaths related to traumatic brain injury received in a fall has climbed 17% in 10 years.
Feb 18, 2020 / Review
Around the world, falls continue to pose a significant health care burden that varies from region to region in a variety of ways.
Jul 27, 2020 / Article
BOT-2 measures fine and gross motor proficiency, with subtests that focus on stability, mobility, strength, coordination, and object manipulation.
Oct 21, 2019 / News
A Senate committee presses for more concerted efforts to prevent falls among the elderly—including wider access to physical therapy.
Jun 28, 2019 / Review
In 2016, adults 75 and older were dying from falls-related injuries at more than double the rate they were in 2000.
Apr 12, 2019 / Review
Individuals with upper limb loss may be at greater risk for falls than older individuals, according to researchers.
Feb 27, 2019 / Review
Strong support for exercise interventions as a way to reduce both the risk of falls among adults 65 and older and the actual number of those who experience a fall.
Sep 21, 2018 / Quiz
In advance of Falls Prevention Awareness Day, see how you score on this 8-question quiz on falls statistics and screening.
Sep 14, 2018 / Review
Up to a third of patients with TKA experience a fall within 6 months to a year after surgery, but the risk can be reduced.