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The Unseen Impact of Falls Across Ages: A Focus on Prevention and Innovative Treatment

Deborah Westergaard, MD

Pain Experts

Falls are not just a concern for the elderly; they can have devastating effects on people of all ages. At Pain Experts, we understand the far-reaching consequences of falls and are dedicated to providing advanced, empathetic care for those affected.

Understanding the Risk:

Falls can happen to anyone, at any age. While it's widely recognized that falls are a major risk for older adults, what's less talked about is their impact on younger and middle-aged individuals. A fall can lead to serious injuries, such as torn ligaments, tendons, and other joint structures, often affecting the knee. This can significantly impact a person's quality of life, limiting mobility and leading to chronic pain.

The Ripple Effect of a Single Fall:

One fall can create a cascade of health issues. It can cause an imbalance that makes future falls more likely, leading to a cycle of injury and recovery. This can be particularly challenging for active individuals who are balancing professional responsibilities, family life, and personal health.

Preventing Falls:

  1. Lighting: Ensure your home is well-lit, especially at night. Adequate lighting can significantly reduce the risk of tripping and falling.

  2. Home Safety: Regularly inspect your home for trip hazards like loose rugs, electrical cords, and uneven flooring. Address these issues promptly.

  3. Outdoor Awareness: Be cautious of outdoor hazards like hoses, uneven paths, or slippery surfaces.

  4. Footwear and Awareness: Wear supportive footwear and be mindful of where you step, especially on uneven terrain.

Innovative Treatment at Pain Experts:

At Pain Experts, we specialize in treating injuries including those resulting from falls.

Our approach includes:

  • Advanced Imaging: We use ultrasound and X-ray to precisely identify and target damaged joint structures, ensuring an effective and tailored treatment plan.

  • Orthobiologic Treatments: Our cutting-edge orthobiologic treatments are designed to address torn ligaments, tendons, and other joint structures, promoting natural healing and recovery.

  • Personalized Care: Each patient receives a customized treatment plan, reflecting their unique needs and lifestyle.

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               Deborah Westergaard, MD

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