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Physiotherapy Unit Launches Pilot Program To Help Reduce Falls

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The Physiotherapy Unit at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth is one of the UK’s leading Physio centres, offering a comprehensive range of specialists services tailored to suit your needs.

This week, we sat down with Specialist Inpatient Physiotherapist, George Baker to discuss the exciting new falls prevention program, ‘Steady on Your Feet’ commencing in September. The course is designed to help individuals reduce their risk of falls through a series of group exercise classes and educational talks.

The Queen recently took action to reduce her risk of falls and to ensure she was physically fit to independently resume royal duties by undergoing treatment for Cataracts. Back in May, The Queen successfully underwent Eye Surgery to treat cataracts – a condition that can cause blurred vision over a period of time and leave those affected less steady on their feet. This can affect overall mobility and ability to carry out daily activities, which in turn, increases the risk of falls with the condition potentially leading to blindness if left untreated.

The natural ageing process means that older people have an increased risk of having a fall. Sight related problems in the elderly population increase that risk and daily routines can become hazardous, which can lead to tripping or even falling over unseen obstacles in the home or out in the community. This can result in serious injury and have a drastic affect on confidence and independence.

One of the factors we would advise to help reduce this risk would be to make time for regular check ups with an optician and ophthalmologist. This will help ensure eye glasses are suitable and age related conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma can be identified and treated.

Visual impairments are just one of the many risk factors associated with increasing your risk of falls and falls related injuries.

Other risk factors related to falls in the elderly population include:

• Nutrition
• Sedentary behaviour
• Management of medications
• Foot Problems

At The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth we are piloting a new free-of-charge falls prevention program “Steady on Your Feet” with the first session taking place on Wednesday 5th September 2018 at the Physiotherapy Gym. The program will feature 8 weekly group exercise classes and educational talks. The aim of this program is to empower people to live healthy active lifestyles, and provide education in the hope to reduce the individual’s risk of falling.

To enquire or for more information please contact The Physiotherapy Unit email on physiotherapy@hje.org.uk or call 020 7806 4010.

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