Winter and icy driveways are approaching which makes orthopedic surgeons prepare for the outpouring of bone fractures and dislocations due to falls. The incidence of hip fractures, shoulder dislocations, and wrist fractures increase after the first freeze and snow fall. Don’t be a statistic at your local hospital emergency room. Instead, take some easy preventative steps to improve your chances against falling when you feel your foot starting to slip.
There are simple ways to improve balance and mobility to help prevent falls. First, work on your flexibility through a daily stretching or yoga routine. Yoga is a great way to stretch and strengthen your body while also improving your balance skills. Lower body strengthening exercises improve your chances of stopping a slip from turning into a fall. A daily aerobic workout such as biking, stair climbing, or one of the many machines at the gym can increase your lower body coordination and stamina - both necessary for safe winter navigation. Tai chi is a great activity to improve balance.
If you haven’t been very active in the past, don’t give up. Research has shown that the proper exercises can help sedentary people improve their strength and balance at any age or ability level. This is especially important for those with arthritis.
We would rather help you prevent a fall than assist in your recovery from hip fracture surgery. At Blanda Orthopedics & Physical Therapy, we can help you get started with a safe & effective fall prevention routine, and improve strength & flexibility.