So, you fell in the shower. You’re not alone; more than 200,000 people fall in the bathroom each year.
We’re glad that you’re safe and well enough to be reading right now, and we want to help you figure out what to do next.
Obviously, if you know that something is broken or injured, call for help immediately to get that fixed. If you don’t think anything is broken but you’re shaken up and wondering where to go from here, we’ll point you in the right direction.
Here are some steps to take now:
What to do after a shower fall
Here’s what you should do if you’ve fallen in the shower, the bathroom or any other room:
- Check for breaks — If you haven’t already, inspect your body for signs of broken bones. Breaks are usually accompanied by swelling, bruising and significant pain. The limb may look deformed, and you may not be able to move it correctly. This is a serious issue, so get it looked at immediately.
- Seek medical attention — You may want to call a doctor anyway, just to make sure that everything is OK. If nothing feels broken but you have significant pain, you may still want to go to the ER to make sure.
- Look into fall prevention products — Some people have a high fall risk due to aging, vestibular disorders and other conditions. Once the dust settles and you’re treated for any injuries, consider having a grab rail or shower chair installed to reduce your risk of falling in the shower again.
- Call a physical therapist — Many physical therapists specialize in fall prevention and may be able to help you avoid it. Some physical therapy clinics even offer specialized services for vertigo, dizziness and other conditions that can lead to falls.
How does physical therapy help to prevent shower falls?
Physical therapists perform several services that can be helpful for fall prevention:
- Gait analysis — The way you stand and walk may leave you prone to falling. A specialist will analyze your posture to identify and correct any habits that could make you unstable.
- Dizziness relief — Many people have vestibular conditions that lead to frequent dizziness. Some physical therapists can teach you head movements that reorient your senses and eliminate dizziness.
- Strength and flexibility training —A physical therapist can help you build strength in your lower body and increase your flexibility so that you can support your weight and respond quicker to a loss of balance.
Interested in physical therapy? Call Performance Physical Therapy!
If you struggle with a vestibular disorder or muscle degeneration related to surgery, injury, or aging, Performance PT may be able to help. Our specialists will assess your condition and design a customized treatment plan to help you avoid falling in the future.
Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.