Why talk to your doctor about falls?
- Many of the causes for a fall are can bTalktoe changed and your doctor may be able to help you.
- Be honest. Talking to your doctor can be one of the best ways to remain independent.
- A fall can be a warning sign of illness or a side effect of medication.
- Your doctor can provide referrals with other health care professionals such as eye doctors, physical therapists, and other community resources.
What you can do:
- Tell your doctor about any falls, even if you are not hurt..
- Write down what happened in the fall.
- What were you doing? (Circumstances of the fall)
- How did you feel before the fall? After the fall?
- Were you injured? What was the injury?
- Bring a list of questions to your appointment. It can be hard to remember everything that you want to talk about.
- Questions to ask your doctor:
- What should I do after a fall?
- Do any of my medications put me at a higher risk for falls?
- Should I have a referra to have a visions specialist?
- What type of physical activity is appropriate for me?
- Are there any assistive devices (can, walker, etc) that are appropriate for me?
- Are there any community resources or classes that could help me to reduce my risk of falling?