Falls can cause serious injuries among the elderly

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Each year millions of people suffer from bone fractures due to falls. According to Dr Ashwani Maichand, a leading orthopedist in Delhi, falling once can increase the chances of falling again in elderly people. It can be very tough to bring the bones back in shape if the patient is too old.

One of the most common causes of injury in old people are unintentional falls. One out of five falls cause a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury that can prove to be very critical at times. Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries and over 800,000 patients are hospitalized. More than 95 per cent of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.

Many falls do not cause injuries, but at the same time, some falls can be dangerous. Dr Ashwani Maichand says that the injuries caused by falls can make it hard for a person to perform a lot of day to day activities. Injuries like broken wrist, ankle and arm are some of the common injuries caused by falls.

Many older people have weak back muscles, causing them to hunch forward. They are prone to falls. According to Dr Maichand, a leading orthopedist in Punjabi Bagh, exercise can help the elderly people in gaining the required strength to save themselves from getting into awkward positions. But if someone above 60 years is looking for a complete change in the body composition through exercises, then it is very difficult thing or even impossible in some cases.

But, for senior people what matters is a diet full of nutrition and a decent workout to lift themselves. Young people may want an athletic body, but the lifestyle goal of an elderly person is to be strong enough to walk and avoid unwanted accidents. It’s about functional fitness to improve balance and ability to move effectively, which is important to avoid falls.

Dr Ashwani Maichand suggests adults over 60 years to get at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week to better their movements and overall balance of the body.


Last modified: December 5, 2017

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