Risks for Falls

Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP, Family Physician, discusses risks for falls.

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Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP, Family Physician, discusses risks for falls.
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Featuring Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP

Duration: 1 minute, 58 seconds

At your family physician's office your doctor will talk to you about your risk for falls.

They may do some tests such as a timed Get-Up-and-Go test where you walk and demonstrate for the physician your walking ability as well as balance test. Most importantly your physician, knowing you and your medial conditions, will look at your medications and see if they can contribute to your risk of falls. Aspects of the treatment for falls prevention involve a whole host of team members.

For example, one of the key things to do to reduce falls is to look at your home environment, whether you have railings on the stairs, or railings to help grab onto in the bathroom.

Secondly, cluttered areas where there are throw rugs or cords in the floor have to be addressed and finally footwear is very important.

The different professionals that can help you include occupational therapists and physiotherapist. By seeing your podiatrist, by seeing your pharmacist, by seeing your physiotherapist or occupational therapist, they can help you have all the tools at your disposal: proper footwear, mobility devices, such as canes and walkers can help you reduce your risk of fractures.

Other important team members who can help you reduce your risk for falls include loved ones, close neighbors and friends, speaking to your family doctor. Speaking to your pharmacist, once a year to review medications, can be vitally important to reduce your risk for falls. Your physician may decide that a specialist may be necessary and may refer you to a specialist center for falls prevention.

It's important if you have any questions or any concerns that you make an appointment to speak to your local physician or your local expert. Treatments vary according to patient as well as physician, so once again, make an appointment and speak to your physician.

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Ngui, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.