Falling in love is wonderful. Slipping and falling on Valentine's Day is NOT!

Posted By Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain || 16-Feb-2018

Falling in love is wonderful. Slipping and falling on Valentine’s Day is NOT!

You may not think of falling as a serious accident – we’ve all taken a tumble at one time or another in our lives, right? But falls are among the most common causes of traumatic brain injury. And people die from falling – at work, at home, while living their everyday lives not while scaling cliffs or paragliding. In 2015, statistics show that more than 33,000 people died from falls. Most of them were over age 65.

It’s sad but very true - there is an increased risk of falling as we grow older. In fact, according to Injury Facts 2017, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council, falls also are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older.

We see the evidence of this at Gwinnett Medical, chiropractors in Lawrenceville Ga. We specialize in treating back and neck pain, which can be – and often is – caused by slip and fall accidents. Our Norcross chiropractors see the connection between a slip and neck injuries.

You may not have realized you were injured at the time of your fall. Oftentimes, people are embarrassed and try to make light of their accident only to find themselves suffering from mild or chronic back or neck pain before long. Falling can injure muscles, joints, ligaments, bones and, of course, your neck and back, injuries that can limit your enjoyment of life and your ability to function. And, for those over 65, these injuries can be even more serious.

You can see a Norcross chiropractor at Gwinnett pain management center or one of the chiropractors in Lawrenceville GA at the Gwinnett pain clinic there who can offer non-invasive, drug-free treatment options for alleviating your pain. We have the experience needed to help you alleviate symptoms of a painful fall, but we’d really rather you didn’t need our neck and back chiropractic services in the first place.

What we’d really like is to help you and your loved ones avoid falling in the first place!

For some assistance in helping you reduce the risk of falling, we turned to the National Safety Council, which provided the following tips:

  • Clean up all spills immediately
  • Stay off freshly mopped floors
  • Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas
  • Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats to keep them from slipping
  • Keep frequently used items in easily reachable areas
  • Wear shoes with good support and slip-resistant soles
  • Arrange furniture to provide open walking pathways
  • Keep drawers and cabinet doors closed at all times
  • Install handrails on all staircases on both sides
  • Remove tripping hazards (paper, boxes, books, clothes, toys, shoes) from stairs and walkways
  • If you have young children, install gates at the top and bottom of stairs (unlatch the gate in order to pass – don’t climb over them)
  • Ensure adequate lighting both indoors and outdoors
  • Remove debris from exterior walkways
  • Adjust gutter downspouts to drive water away from pathways
  • Periodically check the condition of walkways and steps, and repair damages immediately
  • Never stand on a chair, table or other surface on wheels

According to the NSC, common locations for falls include doorways, ramps, cluttered hallways, areas with heavy traffic, uneven surfaces, areas prone to wetness or spills, unguarded heights, unstable work surfaces, ladders and stairs. So be sure to take extra precautions in those areas.

If you or someone you care for has suffered a slip and fall accident, we want you to know there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Our expertise allows us to understand the underlying factors in such accidents. We chiropractors in Lawrenceville GA and Norcross are here to help.

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