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What if You Fall?

September 28, 2015 | Categories for this post are: Volume 5

Since falls may result in serious consequences, effective fall prevention strategies should be adopted by all Parkinson’s disease Centers and explained to patients.

Our Fall Prevention Campaign aims to prevent Parkinson’s patients from falling by educating them, emphasizing gait and balance training, and donating walkers, canes and wheelchairs to those who can‘t afford these devices. Research has shown that 70% of Parkinson’s patients fall each year and 13% fall more than once a week.

What you should do if you fall?

You should try using these steps to stand up:

  1. Lie down on your back
  2. Swing yourself onto your side
  3. Use your hands and get into a sitting position
  4. Slowly crawl towards the nearest object that can support your weight
  5. Put your hands on the seat of the furniture or chair and space them apart
  6. Bring your strong leg up, so your knee is close to your chest
  7. Push up with your feet as well as your hand to get into a standing position

Dr. Bashir Alenazi, Consultant Orthopedic Department, Prince Sultan Military Medical City Hospital. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia