Dec 5, 2023 Proper Mechanics for Standing Up to Prevent Falls

By Patricia Nolan, PT, MPT, CIT-LANA, Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center

As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury for people 65 years or older. It is important as we age to recognize areas that can cause falls, to reduce possible injury and subsequent loss of function. One of these areas can be standing up from a sitting position.

Please review the following instructions to stand up safely:

  1. Scoot forward to the edge of the chair.
  2. Position your feet as far under body as possible — keep feet and knees facing forward.
  3. Shift your trunk forward, leading with your head.
  4. Press feet down into the floor and push body upward.

Additional useful tips:

  • Choose sitting surfaces that are not too low.
  • Choose sitting surfaces that are not too soft.
  • Do not rely on pushing on thighs or armrests.

Patricia Nolan, PT, MPT, CIT-LANA, is a Physical Therapist at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center (ACC). Patricia has 22 years of clinical experience and has been on staff at the ACC since 2006. Her areas of specialty are lymphedema, breast cancer rehabilitation and pelvic floor dysfunction. She always strives to provide compassionate and understanding care for her patients.

The experienced and compassionate staff at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Rehabilitation centers, with locations in West Orange and Livingston, offers adults and children the specialized care they need to resume an active life after surgery, injury or illness. Staff is committed to providing patients with the most advanced services in a safe, caring and soothing environment. For high-risk patients who are unable to visit in person, telehealth is an option. Patients do not need a prescription for physical therapy services.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 973-322-7500.