Experiencing a fall can be scary, but it can be prevented. Improving your strength and balance can go a long way in keeping you on your feet. Our exercise physiologists and podiatrists can help reduce your risk of falls by designing a plan, unique to your needs. We provide falls prevention and balance classes at our Stepney Healthcare Hub and Morphett Vale.
Book a class today!
Classes are available at Stepney on Wednesdays, contact 08 8362 8122. Morphett Vale classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, call 08 8130 1110.
As we get older our abilities change, increasing our chances of slipping or falling. A common injury that is often the result of a fall is a break in the neck of the thigh bone (femur). Femoral neck fractures are particularly dangerous to those aged 65 and above. The ageing process forces our bodies to gradually deteriorate and our ability to balance decreases, while the risk of fracture increases. Statistically, 91% of femoral neck fractures are caused by falls and 10% of people can potentially die within one month.
Minimising the risk factors are not only the key to preventing falls, they could save your life. The ways to reduce your risk of falling are:
- Improving your lower limb stability. This can be done by performing prescribed balance exercises set by an exercise physiologist or physiotherapist.
- Gait improvement or improving the way you walk, so you do not trip over. This includes reducing shuffling and increasing toe clearance.
- Improving lower limb strength. The stronger you are the more balanced you are.
- Regular medication checks. Incorrect dosages of medication can impair your ability to balance.
- Eye tests. Simply put, if you cannot see properly you are more likely to trip over something. We are also constantly using our eyes to detect external stimuli, such as depth perception and spatial awareness.
- Correct footwear. Sturdy footwear with a low heel provides a stable base of support. High heels, for example, are not suitable for enhancing your balance.
- Correct prescription of gait and mobility aids such as a walking stick or walker, and having these devices set at the correct height.
- Appropriate home modifications. This can include having a rail in the shower, a raised toilet seat and ramps instead of steps.
Taking the necessary precautions to prevent falls is sometimes not enough. In the event of a fall, the key things to do are:
- Make sure others do not pull you up. This is the most important thing to remember. If someone pulls you up there is a risk of your shoulder being dislocated, hurting the other person or pulling them onto you.
- Check if you are okay. Can you move without any pain? Are you bleeding? If you are bleeding or in pain, stay on the ground and call for help and an ambulance, do not move.
If you have a fall when you are alone it is essential to make sure you have no pain or bleeding before moving. In the event that you are not bleeding or in pain:
- Roll onto your tummy
- Move onto all fours
- Crawl to a chair or sturdy object
- Push yourself up using the object, keeping your bottom low
- Twist and sit down.
If you have a fall when others are around:
- You must control the situation
- Complete steps 1-4 (as seen above)
- Get help to put the chair under your bottom.
If you have pain or are bleeding call an ambulance immediately. Do NOT let others move you unless absolutely necessary.
We specialise in preventative care, treatment and rehabilitation for a range of ailments, injuries and conditions of the hip, knee, foot, ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Our fact sheets are designed to provide you with a brief overview and basic understanding of the range of ailments, injuries and conditions relevant to the upper and lower limbs.
Learn about condition symptoms, non-operative and surgical treatment options, risks and complications, recovery times, and much more. Please keep in mind that treatment methods and outcomes vary from patient to patient. Each individual patient has specialised requirements that may be different to the information provided on the fact sheets.
Make an appointment
Our exercise physiologists Georgina Kiel and Matt Muir are both available at Stepney, while the former also consults at Morphett Vale.
Georgina has appointments available on Tuesdays at Morphett Vale, while she consults at Stepney on Saturdays. Matt is available Monday to Saturday at Stepney.
To make an appointment or enquiry at Stepney, contact 08 8362 8122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For all appointments and enquiries at Morphett Vale, contact 08 8130 1110. A GP referral is not required.
All patients including private health members, uninsured, workers’ compensation, DVA, third party and public liability patients are welcome at sportsmed.
What to bring to your appointment
For your exercise physiology appointment, please ensure you bring the following with you:
- Activewear/gym clothing
- Medicare card
- Private health insurance card (if applicable)
- DVA card (if applicable)
- Claim number (workers’ compensation and third party patients) and contact details for your case manager*
- Any relevant x-rays, scans and/or medical reports.
*Workers’ compensation and third party patients must have a current claim and approval from their case manager to attend. In the event of a claim not being accepted, the patient is personally responsible for any costs incurred.
Day of appointment
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your allocated appointment time. Our staff will provide you with the appropriate paperwork required to be completed before the consultation with your practitioner.
In order for your practitioner to provide you with the best possible treatment and care, a detailed understanding of your past and present health is required. Please advise your practitioner of your previous medical history, current medical conditions and the medications you are taking, including those purchased over the counter. This information is very important. It may affect how you recover from your condition/injury and also potentially alter the course of treatment.
Once your practitioner has examined you, he will discuss your condition/injury with you and the necessary treatment plan. It is vital that you fully understand your condition/injury, treatment options available to you, your practitioner’s recommendations, potential risks associated with treatment and recovery time. If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with your practitioner at the time of consultation.
Initial consult (60 minutes) – $90.00
Follow-up appointments – $70.00
For exercise physiology consultations, please bring along your private health insurance card or relevant documentation (workers’ compensation, DVA, third party etc.), if applicable, and Medicare card to ensure your claim can be processed at the time of consultation.
All private health funds and patients including uninsured are welcome at sportsmed. Some health funds may cover a percentage of the cost for exercise physiology services, however we recommend you check your level of cover with your private health fund to know exactly what you are entitled to for each consultation and the gap you may be expected to pay. Any gap payments are expected to be settled on the day of consultation.
You can claim a rebate under a Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) program which must be obtained via a GP referral. There is criteria to meet to qualify for the program and it is only available to patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions (present for six months or longer).
We provide onsite HICAPS and ask that all accounts are settled on the day of consultation via EFT, Visa Card, Mastercard, AMEX, cheque or cash.
We understand your time is valuable. All of our practitioners endeavour to run on schedule and your punctual attendance will assist this. Please feel free to ring us 30 minutes prior to your appointment to confirm if your practitioner is running on time. Should you arrive late for your appointment your practitioner will do their best to provide you with your full treatment time, but in rare instances, appointments may need to be rescheduled.
We do ask that you contact us and give at least 24 hours notice should you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment. Regular cancellations or cancellations with less than 24-hour notice may incur a cancellation fee.