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Falls Can Affect Osteoporosis

By September 11, 2009 - 1:11pm

By Alice Roberts

Falls can be serious at any age, and breaking bones after a fall becomes more likely as a person ages.

A simple fall can change your life. I have experienced that myself. After my tibial plateau fracture (kneecap) of the right leg, it never regained its full mobility.

Suffering from osteoporosis, a minor fall can become a major injury. If you are a sufferer of osteoporosis try to make your home more “fall safe.”

A few tips for fall safety include wearing shoes or slippers with rubber soles. Wearing only socks can cause you to slip on a slick floor. Tack down carpets and throw rugs. Do not attempt to walk in the dark without some type of light.

The force of a fall (how a person lands) plays a major role on determining whether a person will fracture or not. The greater the distance of the hip bone to the floor, the greater the risk of fracturing a hip. The angle at which a person falls is also important. Falling sideways or straight down is more risky than falling backwards.

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.


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