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  • Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Falls


Falls can happen to anyone, but they are especially common in older adults. Falls can cause serious injuries, such as broken bones, head injuries, and even death. However, there are steps you can take to prevent falls and stay safe.


First, it's important to identify any medical conditions or medications that may increase your risk of falling. Recent fevers, infections and certain medications can cause dizziness or drowsiness, which can increase your risk of falling. If you have a medical condition such as arthritis, Parkinson's disease, or vision problems, it's also important to talk to doctor about ways to manage these conditions and reduce your risk of falling.


Next, make sure your home is safe. Keep walkways clear of clutter, install handrails on stairways, and make sure there is good lighting throughout your home. Consider installing grab bars in the bathroom, and make sure the floors are slip-resistant.


Exercise is also important for preventing falls. Regular exercise can improve your balance and strength, which can help reduce your risk of falling. Your doctor can recommend exercises that are appropriate for you.


Finally, it's important to wear appropriate footwear. Avoid shoes with heels, slippery soles, or open toes. Instead, wear shoes that are comfortable and have good traction.


Natural Home Remedies for Falls


There are a number of home remedies that may help prevent falls, including:

  • Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help improve balance and strength, which can reduce the risk of falls.

  • Remove tripping hazards: Make sure your home is free of clutter and that rugs and mats are securely in place.

  • Improve lighting: Make sure your home is well-lit, especially in areas where you walk frequently.

  • Wear appropriate shoes: Wear shoes with good traction and support to help prevent slips and falls.

  • Medication review: Talk to your doctor about any medications you're taking, as some can cause drowsiness or dizziness, which can increase the risk of falls.

  • Install grab bars and handrails: These can provide additional support and stability when walking, especially in the bathroom and on stairs.

  • Get your eyes checked: Poor vision can increase the risk of falls, so make sure to get regular eye exams.


It is always recommended to consult a doctor before trying any home remedies especially if you have any medical conditions.

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