After you fall, panic is often your first reaction. However, how you react after a fall can cause more injuries than the fall itself. If you try to get up too quickly or in the wrong position, you may make an injury worse. Always remember these three words in case of a fall: prepare, rise, and sit.
Prepare: Look around for a sturdy piece of furniture, or the bottom of a staircase. Do not try and stand on your own. Roll over onto your side by turning your head in the direction you are trying to roll, then move your shoulders, arm, hips, and finally your leg over.
Rise: When you are ready to rise, push your body up. Lift your head up and pause for a few moments to steady yourself. Slowly get up on your hands and knees and craw to a sturdy chair. Lastly, place your hands on the seat of the chair and slide one foot forward so it is flat on the floor.
Sit: Keep the other leg bent with the knee on the floor. From this kneeling position, slowly rise and turn your body to sit in the chair. Sit for a few minutes before you try and do anything else.
Talk to your primary care provider about having a fall-risk evaluation. The fact that you have fallen once means you have a high risk of falling again.
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