4 common ways a person falling backward can injure themselves

June 14, 2022

Falls are common. Especially so for older adults. Research estimates that well over 800,000 people every year are placed in the hospital for fall injuries. They are the second leading cause of deaths and injuries that are unintentional. These types of injuries can be very painful depending on the degree of injury and are most often disruptive to normal daily function.

4 ways that someone could injure themselves when falling backward

  • Fractured hipsAbout 300,000 out of the 800,000 who are hospitalized each year for falls are older adults with hip fractures that resulted from a fall. Hip fractures can be devastating for older adults in some cases and are usually extremely disruptive.
  • Fractured wrists or arms — People most often use their wrists and arms to break their fall as they hit the ground. This frequently causes wrists or arms to become broken as a result.
  • Fractured ankles — Sometimes falls can result in an ankle or foot being twisted in a direction that causes the ankle to fracture.
  • Head injuries — In unfortunate cases, falls can result in head injuries, which can be significantly disruptive to daily life. 

If you’re at a higher risk of falling backward whatever the reason may be, physical therapy can be a way for you to mitigate that risk. If you or a person you know has already become injured from a backward fall, you may benefit from PT.

Alliance PTP is ready to help you find top-notch PT if you’re a person at a higher risk of falling backward

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we’re proudly bringing together physical therapy practices across the country to help people get the high-quality PT they need. Want to see a physical therapist in person? We can put you in touch with an Alliance PTP specialist that’s near you and who can professionally address injuries from falling backward. 

Not keen on in-person PT sessions or not close to an Alliance PTP partner? No worries. We also offer effective and affordable virtual physical therapy through our Agile Virtual Physical Therapy platform. 

Are you still unsure what you should be looking for in a physical therapy clinic? Contact our team today so we can help you find the most effective physical therapy services for your injury or condition.