The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Lower your risk of falling

    A multifactorial fall-risk assessment including a fall history, physical exam, gait and balance evaluation, and environmental assessment is recommended for all older adults who have fallen or have a problem with gait or balance, according to Dr. Sara Bradley, assistant professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Get involved in a multiple-component exercise programs
    • Participate in tai chi.
    • See your doctor to rule out vitamin D deficiency and take supplementation if needed.
    • See your doctor to reassess your need for psychotropic medications.
    • Early cataract surgery has all been shown to reduce fall rates.
    • Multifactorial evaluations can also be beneficial in preventing falls.
      • Medication review
      • Vision correction
      • Management of orthostasis (standing upright)
      • Environmental modification
      • Balance
      • Strength
      • Gait training

    The bottom line?

    The good news is that there are lots of viable options to reduce the risk of falls, and potentially broken hips, that lead to the downward slide toward loss of independence.

     

    7/17/11 21:23 JR

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