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If you have injuries, health problems, or other reasons that may make it easy for you to fall at home, it is a good idea to learn how to get up safely after a fall. Learning how to get up correctly can help you avoid making an injury worse.
Also, knowing what to do if you cannot get up can help you stay safe until help arrives.
If you think you can get up
First lie still for a few minutes and think about how you feel. If your body feels okay and you think you can get up safely, follow the rest of the steps below:
If you cannot get up
Practice getting up from a fall. If you are a bit unsteady, have someone with you when you try this. Ask the person to read the steps out loud so you can do them one at a time.
If you are able to get up without help, practice this once a week or often enough to feel comfortable.
If you can't get up by yourself, see a physical therapist for help. A physical therapist can work with you to prevent falls and make a plan for what you can do if you do fall.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerElizabeth A. Phelan, MD, MS - Geriatric Medicine
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Elizabeth A. Phelan, MD, MS - Geriatric Medicine
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