With Senior Falls on the Rise, Athletico Physical Therapy Highlights Importance of Fall Prevention – PR Newswire


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OAK BROOK, Ill., Sept. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults aged 65 years and older in the U.S. Yet, despite ongoing fall prevention awareness, fall injury rates among the older adult population have been steadily increasing, according to a recent Medicare study. In fact, senior falls increased 1.5% annually during the study period, causing 106,000 new injuries and equating to about $1 billion in Medicare spending.

“The pandemic has had a significant impact on the aging population in terms of decreasing activity levels, causing seniors to be much more sedentary. During that time, many also opted for telehealth physical therapy services in place of in-clinic care and, unfortunately, we are still seeing post-COVID fall risk patients today,” said Kimberly Smith, PT, DPT, VRT, Illinois Regional Coordinator for Athletico’s Vestibular and Concussion Program. “Physical therapists are movement experts and have the training and tools that are proven to help in prevention of falls. By starting with physical therapy, we can ensure you or your loved ones receive the care needed to detect and prevent falls before they happen.”
During Falls Prevention Awareness Month in September, Athletico Physical Therapy is encouraging senior adults and caregivers to be proactive by recognizing fall risk factors early on and understanding methods for prevention. Falls can lead to nonfatal severe injuries, such as head injuries and hip fractures, or soft tissue injuries to the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Falls can also be emotionally traumatic to some, causing people to avoid participating in daily activities due to the fear of falling.
Physical therapists routinely treat patients with injuries related to falls and can be the first line of defense against them. Athletico is sharing tips to ensure fall risk detection and prevention are a priority:
1.    Recognize fall risk factors that can and cannot be managed by a healthcare provider:
2.    Consider seeing a physical therapist first for fall prevention:
3.    Focus on preventing falls before they happen by taking proactive safety measures at home:
“Many physical therapists are also caregivers to their family members and friends, and we understand just how detrimental a fall can be for a family,” added Smith. “Physical therapy is an effective, low-risk way to evaluate risk and prevent falls, and our goal is help people live the best quality of life for as long as they can.”
To learn more about fall prevention or find an Athletico Physical Therapy clinic near you, visit www.athletico.com.
Athletico Physical Therapy provides the highest quality orthopedic rehabilitation services to communities, employers and athletes. With its recent acquisition of Pivot Health Solutions, the company has nearly 8,000 employees across more than 900 locations throughout 25 states and the District of Columbia. Athletico is committed to our patients and referring physicians through our patient-centric focus, positive work environment, attention to quality and high standard of care. Athletico measures patient outcomes and satisfaction and is dedicated to continuous improvement. Athletico was named #1 Workplace in Chicago, “Best Physical Therapy Practice in the Nation” by ADVANCE magazine, Top Workplace in the Nation and has been recognized as a leader in employee volunteering and charitable giving. Our services include physical and occupational/hand therapy, workers’ compensation, women’s health therapy, concussion management and athletic training. For more information, or to schedule a free assessment in clinic or now online with our virtual free assessments, visit http://www.athletico.com and follow us on Twitter at @athletico.
Media Contact:
Dana Andreoli
Athletico Physical Therapy
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630-259-5156
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