Frequent Falls
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Bret Mobley, MD, MS

Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Dr. Mobley graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completing a masters degree in neuroscience between his second and third years of medical school. He trained as a resident in pathology at Stanford University Hospital before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee in 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018 and to Neuropathology Division Director in 2020.

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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About the Symptom

Frequent falls are recurrent falls, worrisome for a medical condition. A "near fall" is when a person is about to fall but avoids falling, for example by holding onto a nearby object. Near falls are also worrisome for an underlying medical condition.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Frequent falls

Possible causes

Generally, Frequent falls can be related to:

  • Striatal substantia nigra degeneration

    This neurological disorder is caused by a disruption in the connection between two brain areas - the striatum and the substantia nigra. These areas work together to maintain balance and movement. It can be caused by other neurological disorders like Parkinson's or cocaine abuse.

  • Parkinson disease (PD)

    A progressive nervous system disorder affecting movement. It occurs due to nerve cell damage in the brain. The exact cause for PD is unknown. Risk factors include genetics, male gender, old age, and exposure to certain toxins and environmental factors.

  • Spinal muscular atrophy

    Spinal muscular atrophy is a group of genetic disorders where a person cannot control their muscle movement due to a loss of nerve cells in the spinal cord and brainstem. It causes muscle wasting and weakness.

  • Olive bridge cerebellar atrophy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Alcoholic liver disease

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Frequent falls may be related to these serious diseases:

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you fall or slip frequently?

  • Is your speech slurred?

  • Do you see double?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

  • Do you feel any numbness or altered sensation?

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Reviewed By:

Bret Mobley, MD, MS

Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Dr. Mobley graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completing a masters degree in neuroscience between his second and third years of medical school. He trained as a resident in pathology at Stanford University Hospital before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee in 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018 and to Neuropathology Division Director in 2020.

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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