Today’s post is related to fall related injuries and how reactionary medicine misses preventing the problem. We made fall screening a part of every BODYQ. Why? Because a fall can happen in the blink of an eye and no one ever plans to have a fall.
The human brain prefers logic and reasoning. We systemize and categorize things in our life to give it structure and organization. We love to see things as cause and effect. I started eating better and exercising more so I began to get in better shape. This level of thinking makes a human. Sometimes life doesn’t follow that process and sometimes we just get it wrong. It might be why the recommendations for healthy eating keep changing. One week its low carb, the next its low fat. Then others say no meat, while others promote almost nothing but animal products. Health science is a rapidly evolving field and it is difficult to keep up.
Sometimes we miss things all together. Here is an example:
This patient is a family member of mine so I can share some of the details. She is over 50 years old and active. While jogging outside one day she caught her toe on the sidewalk and fell. The fall resulted in a trip to the ER and broken wrist. This lead to surgery, pins, and a few weeks of physical therapy. In the entire course of care this is how the patient was seen… Fractured wrist as a result of a fall on an outstretched arm, use internal fixation rods to stabilize the bone, and refer to physical therapy for improving wrist strength and range of motion.
This is common course for someone with this history and presentation. This patient was put into a box. That box was broken wrist, surgery, rehab. Nice and tidy for our brain to compartmentalize. What was never addressed with this patient was her fall risk status. Now we start talking about the chicken and the egg. Did the patient fall because of dumb luck or did they have an elevated risk for a fall? Fortunately, this patient was referred for therapy at FYZICAL® where we looked at their fall risk status and found…moderate risk for falls. This was most exposed during single leg stance…which only occurs about every step when running!! Balance retraining became an important part of the course of rehabilitation. We knew this patient wanted to remain active following therapy but that last thing they wanted was to sustain another injury. If the patient was kept in the traditional paradigm of wrist fracture, repair, rehabilitate, her fall problem would have never been addressed.
That’s why we’ve made fall screening a part of every BODYQ. The best way to stay active and healthy is to take a full inventory of your most important systems. BODYQ covers your balance, hearing, vision, muscles, joints, and overall functionality.
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