Falls

Falls may mean simple falls (e.g. tripping over or stumbling), falling down stairs, or “falls from height” such as occupational injuries. Falls down stairs or falls from a height are obviously serious and life-threatening, but even a simple trip can be dangerous for the elderly or those with ...

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Introduction: Falls

Falls are a persistent hazard found in all occupational settings. A fall can occur during the simple acts of walking or climbing a ladder to change a light fixture or as a result of a complex series of events affecting ...1

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Complications of Falls

“Falls can have devastating effects in older people,” says Dr. Richard J. Hodes, director of NIA. In fact, a simple fall can cause a serious fracture of the arm, hand, ankle or hip. Only half of older adults hospitalized for ...2

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Causes of Falls

Falls can be caused by impaired vision or balance, loss of muscle mass, and chronic or short-term illnesses that impair your mental or physical functioning. They can also be caused by the effects of certain medications, including sedatives or ...3

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Causes List for Falls

Some possible causes of Falls or similar disorders may include:4

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Diagnosis of Falls

Your GP may also recommend:

  • having a sight test if you're having problems with your vision, even if you already wear glasses
  • having an electrocardiogram (ECG) and checking your blood pressure while lying and standing
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Risk Factors for Falls

Falls are the second most frequent cause of TBI among the frail elderly and the very young. Risk factors for falls among the elderly include alcohol, medication, and osteoporosis. Few preventive measures are in place for either the very young ...5

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Treatments: Falls

What should I do if I fall? If you have a fall, it's important to keep calm. If you're not hurt and you feel strong enough to get up, don't get up quickly. Roll onto your hands and knees ...6

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Prevention of Falls

Strengthening activities, like push-ups and lifting weights, help make your muscles and bones stronger and can also improve your balance. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)7 ...

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References

  1. Source: CDC NIOSH: cdc.gov/ niosh/ topics/ falls/ 
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2006/ November/ docs/ 02capsules.htm
  3. Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Osteoporosis/ default.asp
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NICHD (NIH): nichd.nih.gov/ publications/ pubs/ TBI_1999/ Pages/ NIH_Consensus_Statement.aspx
  6. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Falls/ 
  7. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ may2015/ feature1

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