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Don’t Fall! Fall Prevention Tips from Your New York Chiropractor

Falling.

Not a bad thing when you’re young. You get yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. But when you get older, falling is more menacing: risk of hip fracture, broken bones, slower healing. Dr. Gary Stefanick knows this and encourages its New York patients and friends to be vigilant and be aware of skills to prevent falls. One of the best skills to prevent falling is good posture.

But, first, what makes falling such a danger in need of prevention? Dr. Gary Stefanick offers these statistics:

  • Image of person fallingFalls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older folks. (1)
  • 1 in 3 of those over 65 years falls each year. (1)
  • Falls cost $30 billion in direct medical fees. (1)
  • The most common fractures due to falls are to the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand. (1)
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are due to falling. (2)
  • Women suffer 75% of all falls (2), but more men die from hip fractures due to falls (1).
  • Many develop a fear of falling which limits their activity. (1)

So how many older New York people do you know who have fallen? Probably a few. Dr. Gary Stefanick takes care of many New York patients and loved ones after a fall and finds these folks much more cautious. Dr. Gary Stefanick encourages them to keep moving, check for and treat any osteoporosis risk there may be, and boost calcium and vitamin D intake to improve bone health as much as possible. Dr. Gary Stefanick sees itself as a member of the team to prevent falls.

A new research report Dr. Gary Stefanick just came across discusses the importance of good posture in the prevention of falling. Good posture lends itself to good balance which reduces the chance of falling. (3) A flexed forward posture in which the head leans forward and the upper back curves to some extent disrupts your center of mass. Such curvature of the spine may even be due to past vertebral fractures. Whatever the cause, this posture forces you to lean forward awkwardly, setting you up for a fall. (3) Dr. Gary Stefanick’s chiropractic spinal manipulation may help correct this. With gentle, safe spinal manipulation, your New York chiropractic physician - your New York back pain specialist - helps improve mobility in the upper spine and potentially reset your balance.

New York chiropractic care with Cox Technic and simple exercise and basic supplementation may reduce your fear of falling and even improve your posture when walking. Just a discussion between you and your New York chiropractor to increase your awareness about your environment and its risks for falling is beneficial. Contact Dr. Gary Stefanick to set up your next chiropractic visit as a step toward better posture and reduced fall risk.

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