Falling Downstairs Kills About 4 Americans Per Day


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Sep 5, 2012
Virtually every multi-story building, from your home to the Sears Tower, shares one outstanding characteristic: The presence of one or more flights of stairs. Apart from the obvious need to get from one floor to another, stairs do have their benefits: We all know we need to exercise more, and going up and down stairs is one of the fastest ways to burn calories. Once a certain age or state of disability is reached, however, stairs become a hazard – one that’s very likely to deal the final blow that ends all our exercising permanently.
According to the National Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among Americans 73 and older. Among those in the 60-72 age group, falls are the second leading type of fatal injury. In a sample taken by the World Health Organization in 2004, 1307 Americans died after falling down stairs, the world’s highest total. Triggering factors for such falls cited in these reports included poor eyesight, diminished strength, and other challenges common to senior citizens.
Staircase safety can be increased in several ways, most of which are quite simple. Probably the most important step is to make sure that a sturdy handrail is available within easy reach, all the way from the top of the stairs to the bottom. Dim lighting should be upgraded to help those with impaired to find their way up and down; many older people who fall down the stairs do so simply because they can’t see where they’re going. Some stairways also feature a loose runner or decorative rug – this is nothing but a ready-made slipping hazard and should be either removed or tacked down immediately. Lastly, you should take steps to make sure that loose objects are never left on the stairs, even for a moment. And, obviously, nothing should ever be stored on the stairs.
In the end, many people find that the best solution to avoiding the danger of stairs is to avoid the stairs altogether. The former option can be quite affordable, and while the latter is a significant investment, a good-quality home elevator can vastly improve the way you live and add substantial value to your home as well.
One out of every 2,739 Americans dies as a result of falling downstairs. This is one statistical group to which you don’t want to belong.
What to do in the case of an injury caused by falling downstairs?
The most common type of injury in this case is spinal, and your first option should be to visit a chiropractor for a consultation, x-ray and spinal adjustment. There’s a high chance to put your posture and spinal cord back into correct form with proper chiropractic adjustments over a period of 6-12 months.
Unlike surgery or pain-killers, chiropractic is a natural treatment form that is focused on fixing the problem and eliminating cause of pain, which results in comfortable pain free lifestyle. This article has been provided by Dr. Jeff Rain, a sport injury chiropractor with over 20 years of experience. To learn more please visit
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