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A 39-year-old female asked about a 61-year-old female:

i've fallen on knees a lot in my life. trip often or loose balance because of balance/coordination issues. what can i do to protect knees?

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Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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Falls in older adult: 61 year old lady with problems with balance/falls and knee pain. I am concerned about your balance and coordination as well as your knee pain.The American Geriatric Society recommends balance, strength, and gait training with a physical therapist/trainer to help you. Health and Human Services recommends balance training 3 days a week for older adults at risk for a fall. See your MD to eval knees.
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Please see these recommendations from the United States Preventative Services Taskforce as well to help you understand the strength training, exercise, and balance training that can improve your life: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/RecommendationStatementFinal/falls-prevention-in-older-adults-counseling-and-preventive-medication#consider
Apr 1, 2016
Dr. Glynis Ablon
Dermatology 29 years experience
there are great classes at most gyms that specifically address balance issues
Apr 2, 2016
Dr. Peter Ihle
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Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Along with the above, knee pads are a good idea around the house, but somewhat unfashionable in public.
Apr 3, 2016

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