Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls. Every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall. Every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall.
“How many times have you fallen in the past 12 months?”
That’s the first thing physical therapist Laura Wazen asks patients when they walk through the doors of her practice to undergo a balance assessment. And if statistics are any indication, it’s a question of growing importance. Deadly falls are on the rise.
Not every person who ends up at Equinox Physical Therapy thinks they have a balance problem – many are there because of pressure from either their family or doctor. She once had a patient deny they had a balance issue because they “only fell once or twice a day.”