Good lighting, solid railings on stairs, removing clutter and rugs ... these are some common tips medical experts cite to help older people reduce their risk of falls. But there are other, less obvious ways to help prevent falls, which send 2.5 million older people to emergency rooms every year. About 700,000 need to be hospitalized.
Being on the lookout for hidden health problems that could precipitate a fall may help prevent broken wrists, legs, hips and head injuries that threaten seniors with long-term disability and loss of independence.
Click through to find out about the little-known health hazards behind many falls -- and how to avoid taking a spill that will end in a hospital visit: