Falls ‘First Aid’
It is not possible to predict if you will fall, how you might and where you might land when you fall. It is important to let someone know such as a family member, friend or your GP know if you have had a fall. Falls do not always result in serious injuries but it is important to treat all injuries including cuts and scrapes and if necessary visit your doctor after a fall.
To help minimise injury, it is important to think ahead and make a plan of what you can do if you experience a fall.
A great way to reduce the risk of an injury is to create an action plan. You can access the Stay On Your Feet® My fall action plan – What should I do if I fall at home? page by clicking here.
It is also a great idea to speak to your physiotherapist and practice getting up of the floor with them in a safe environment. You can access the Stay On Your Feet®‘s How Do I Get Up Off The Floor page to view the Forward Method and Backward Method posters by clicking here. It is important that you do not try to practice getting up off the floor without speaking to your GP or physiotherapist first.
Signs and Symptoms
Falls can often leave you with bumps and bruises. Sometimes injuries that occur from a fall might not show until a few days or even weeks after you have had a fall.
Some symptoms that can develop are:
- Headaches – It is important to watch for headaches where the pain increases over time or if your headache is not relieved by simple pain medicine.
- Blurred vision – You might notice you have trouble focusing or you experience double vision.
- Drowsiness – Experiencing fainting, drowsiness or starting to feel more tired than normal.
- Nausea and/or vomiting – Feeling sick which may or may not be accompanied by vomiting.
- Dizziness/weakness – Experiencing increasing dizziness, having difficulty walking steadily, loss of balance or experiencing weakness and tiredness in any of your limbs.
- Confusion – If you have trouble speaking and understanding what people are saying or what is going on in your surroundings and if you have trouble recognising people, places or if you start to get muddled up. People may also notice that you show unusual behaviour.
- Seizures – Seizures are rare however if you experience one contact a health professional immediately.
- Other symptoms – It is important to watch for any continual fluid or bleeding from your nose or ears and seek help immediately if this happens.