Preventing Hip Fractures

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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 that could result in hip fractures.

Dr. Hill:

A hip fracture is a serious injury, with complications that can be life-threatening. The risk of hip fracture rises with age.

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 around 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.

Keep night lights on.

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.

Taking steps to maintain bone density can also help prevent hip fractures.

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