Preventing Hip Fractures

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hip fractures are a serious health problem among elderly men and women. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips on how to prevent falls in and around the home.

Dr. Hill:

Hip fractures are breaks in the thighbone just below the hip joint. Most require hospitalization and surgery. The Centers for Disease Control and National Institute on Aging provide these fall prevention tips for older adults to prevent hip fractures.

Talk to your doctor to plan an exercise program that includes strength and balance training.

Have your vision and hearing tested often.

Ask your doctor if your medications might affect your coordination or balance.

Check the lighting in your home, especially at the top and bottom of stairs.

Make sure all carpets and rugs are firmly attached to the floor.

Place no-slip surfaces on tile and wooden floors.

Install grab bars on the inside and outside of your tub and shower.

Wear low-heeled shoes with rubber soles that fully support your feet.

Be careful on wet or icy surfaces, and

Use a cane, walking stick or walker for balance when you walk.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.