Last Day of Fall Highlights Fall Risks

The Ohio State Chiropractic Association‘s (OSCA) Public Health Committee requested and received  Governor DeWine’s Proclamation of September 23, 2019 as Fall Prevention Awareness Day in conjunction with the first day of fall. This marks the 10th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging. Falls and their complications are the 3rd leading cause of death in the elderly.

Research shows that each year about $50 billion is spent on non-fatal fall injuries and $754 million is spent on fatal falls. For non-fatal falls: $29 billion is paid by Medicare. Information from the OSCA and Foundation for Chiropractic Progress indicates that every 15 seconds, an older adult is treated in an Emergency Department for injuries related to an accidental fall. Every 29 minutes, an older adult dies from an accidental fall-related injury

OPHA’s Chiropractic Health section Chair Deb Skrzynecki also chairs the Public Health Committee of the OSCA , which advocates for use of Doctors of chiropractic to help to improve balance, stability and range of motion, which may decrease an individual’s fall risk.

Read more in this “We Don’t Want You to Fall” Tip Sheet and
“Preventing Falls with Chiropractic Care” infographic