The Effect of Thermacare Heat Wraps on Balance and Mobility in Seniors with Impaired Gait

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physical rehabilitation research articlesFalls are one of the most prevalent causes of injury and death in the elderly population. One in every three adults ages 65 and older falls each year. In 2010, 2.4 million non-fatal fall injuries in older adults were treated in emergency rooms and over 22,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries. The length of hospital stay is about twice that of a younger person after a fall. Falls reduce the quality of life by reducing confidence and independence even if people don’t fall due to apprehension alone. The elderly can present with greater postural sway, which is strongly associated with a greater risk of falling.

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