Trip Falls: Overview

These are simple falls where a person stumbles and “trips over”. The person typically falls forward, and a wrist injury is common. Various other injuries are possible: sprains, strains, contusions, fractures, wrist fracture, concussion, etc. The initial stumble may also have been caused by an ankle sprain from lost footing.

One particular type of trip fall is the so-called “spinning fall”. This is where a person’s own attempts to avoid the fall end up spinning them around. This spinning fall is common in the elderly.

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