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Senior Citizen Slips: Causing Soaring Spinal Suffering


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4/8/2014
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The phrase “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” has become an overly satirical phrase ever since its appearance in the 1989 commercial that depicted an elderly lady in distress after falling in a bathroom. Unfortunately, the phrase has become so overused in comedic sketches that the message showcasing the dangers of an elderly person falling has become overlooked.

According to the National Safety Council, approximately 9 million people a year are sent to the emergency room with slip and fall related injuries. According to a recent study done by the John Hopkins Institute, of those incidents, approximately 900 senior citizens acquire severe spinal injuries from their falls—a staggering 30 percent increase over the past seven years.

Although spinal cord injuries were mainly caused by car accidents in the past, the John Hopkins study discovered that falls are now the leading cause of such injuries by over 6 percent. The increase is attributed to the rise in the number of elderly slip and fall accidents. Unfortunately, since senior citizens are more likely to slip and fall than younger folks, experts believe that these falls will continue to be a leading cause of spinal cord injuries as the elderly population grows.

Spinal Injuries Caused by Slip and Falls

Unfortunately, since there is currently no way to completely cure or reverse damage to the spinal cord, victims are often left with long-term or permanent conditions, such as:

  • Difficulty moving or paralysis
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Seizures and Tremors

In addition to continuous and painful symptoms, victims can also be left with debilitating medical bills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spinal cord injury treatment can cost between $500,000 and $3 million over a lifetime—an inconceivable amount for a retired senior citizen.

Slip and fall accidents are no laughing matter. We urge you to make sure that your elderly loved ones are aware of the risks and potential dangers of a slip and fall accident. Feel free to share this article with them or browse our site for additional information on spinal cord injuries and treatments.



Category: Brain & Spinal Injury

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