Hello everyone with October arriving next week, we’re going to talk about the older generation of people we are fortunate enough to share this world with. It only seemed fitting given that on the 1st of this month it’s International Day of Older Persons. It’s no secret that the elderly population is growing. People are living longer, and in many cases, having to work longer too. Being a osteopath is not just about treating sports injuries. We treat people from all walks of life and we certainly see our fair share of elderly patients.
Most people know that as we age our bodies go through some changes. Our joints are susceptible to wear and tear, our muscles can become weaker and other areas of the body like eyesight also become affected. Our ability to move efficiently can be impacted by these changes and this can lead to an increased risk of falls and subsequent injury. Falls are actually one of the leading causes for injury in the elderly population and it’s not unusual for us to be called upon to help in the aftermath of a fall. Common injuries include hip and wrist fractures, as well as shoulder and head trauma. It’s our job to get these people moving again and on a speedy road to recovery.
Prevention is better than cure
We are always there for anyone who has been unfortunate enough to experience a fall and have a resultant injury. Whether it’s getting them moving again following hip surgery or a wrist fracture, we have the tools and knowledge to get them back to their best. However, everyone knows that prevention is better than cure. And there are lots of things that can be done to prevent falls in the elderly. Let us outline some things we can do to help:
During a consultation, we may highlight other areas that need attention outside of our domain. You may need a medication review from your GP to ensure your medications are not a risk factor. If you have poor eyesight, you may require the help from an optician or optometrist. And if your feet require some further expert eyes, we will be able to point you in the direction of a good podiatrist. We’ll ensure you know exactly which areas require attention so that the risks of falling are as low as possible.
We understand that getting older is often a challenge and that it can be very difficult to come to terms with a body that is not working as well as it once was. We are here to tell you that help is at hand and we promise it’s not all doom and gloom. You have the power people! If you eat well, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and work at keeping your body the temple it deserves to be throughout your life, your body will thank you for it later!