Falls and Their Consequences

Each year, millions of older people those 65 and older fall. In fact, one out of three elderly individuals falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.

Falls Are Serious and Costly

• One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury
• Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries
• Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture
• Each year at least 250,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures
• More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways
• Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
• Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $34 billion annually. Hospital costs account for two-thirds of the total.

What Can Happen After a Fall?

Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of five falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own.

• Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.
• Falls can cause head injuries. These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medicines (like blood thinners). An older person who falls and hits their head should see their doctor right away to make sure they don’t have a brain injury.
• Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures.

If you’ve experienced a fall and received an acute injury, come visit Integra Urgent Care in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Be seen as soon as you arrive when you check in online. Our caring trained professionals are here to help you and your family when you need it most. Drop by one of our convenient Dallas locations to learn more about our medical services.

Read more at: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html

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