The longer a person has Parkinson’s disease, the greater the risk of falling.
I wear a knee supporter that I use for volleyball as a measure to prevent injury. With this supporter, if I fall while out and about, I can return home with no damage.
I use volleyball knee pads.
When I repeatedly fell and developed pain in my knee, my orthopedic surgeon said the following.
‘I hear that people with Parkinson’s have a lot of falls. How about wearing a knee brace used for volleyball as a countermeasure? Those are thick and can absorb the shock.”
I didn’t wear it that day because I was in good enough shape to ride my bike, but when I am off the bike for long periods and have little time to stand steady, I use volleyball knee pads.
If my leg breaks from the knee, they absorb the impact and don’t leave a hole in my pants, so I kill two birds with one stone.
What awaits you if you injure your knee
If you are injured in a fall, it is either a sprain or a fracture. Depending on the extent of the fracture, surgery may be required and rehabilitation may be needed for a long time.
To prevent this, orthopedic surgeons recommend, “Even if you do it little by little, do squats while standing on your hands and knees every day, or lift one leg for 10 seconds while standing on your hands and knees. If you do that, you will be less likely to fall over.” He advised me to do so.
If you have been living with Parkinson’s disease for a long time, avoiding injury after a fall can be a difficult problem. I believe it is more practical to take precautionary measures to prevent injury in the event of a fall.