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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.

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Fall Risk in Community-Dwelling Elders

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Senate Report Calls for More Emphasis on Falls Prevention

Oct 21, 2019 / News

A Senate committee presses for more concerted efforts to prevent falls among the elderly—including wider access to physical therapy.

Older-Adult Deaths From Falls Have Increased; Intervention May Help Decreas...

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.

PTJ: Falls Are 'Critical Health Hazard' for Individuals With Upper Limb Loss

Apr 12, 2019 / Review

Individuals with upper limb loss may be at greater risk for falls than older individuals, according to researchers.

Large-Scale Investigation: Falls-Prevention Exercise Interventions Work

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.

Are You Fall-Savvy? Take This Quick Quiz

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.

From PTJ: Getting at the Risk Factors for Falls Post-TKA

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.

Study: PTs in Emergency Departments Reduce Likelihood of ED Revisits for Falls

Aug 31, 2018 / Review

Consult by a PT in the ED reduced the odds of a fall-related revisit within 30 days by 35% and within 60 days by 32%.

Study: Widespread Fall-Risk Screening Efforts, Followed by Appropriate Inte...

Aug 27, 2018 / Review

Assessments followed by nterventions that address patient-specific risk areas could result in a "striking" reduction in falls.

CDC: Falls-Related Deaths in the US Rose 31% in 10 Years

May 15, 2018 / News

The latest statistics, included in a report from the CDC point to a need for more widespread falls screening and prevention efforts including physical therapy, authors say.

Vitamin D Takes a Tumble in New Falls Prevention Recommendations

May 1, 2018 / Review

USPSTF has updated its recommendations for falls prevention in older adults, and vitamin D supplements are out of the picture.

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