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Left Hip Fracture

By May 7, 2010 - 10:19am

I fell in Scottsdale, AZ on February 17, 2010, and fractured my left hip. Until that happened I did not know you could experience a hip fracture without surgery.

My fracture is on the end of the socket. My bones are too thin for hardware but due to the fracture, hardware was not an option even if I could have it.

Hip fractures are definitely painful and debilitating. I must use a walker but that still throws your balance off and makes you venerable for more falls even with the walker (it has happened twice) and requires 911. With the first fall the fracture was OK but the second fall jarred it. Still no surgery.

And if your bones are too thin like mine and you can not have surgery, the recovery time is extended. So, be careful and practice fall safety.

Weight-bearing exercise (even mild), calcium enriched diets, calcium and vitamin D supplements and hormone replacement therapy are a few very important factors for better bone health. Do not minimize the importance of all bone health recommendations if you want longer, healthier lifestyle living.

I live with severe osteoporosis. I was diagnosed at age 35 with severe osteoporosis and at age 49 my doctor Declared me permanently disabled with the bones expected in a woman in her 90’s. Today I am 54.Talk to your doctor. And examine your lifestyle, diet, exercise routine and daily medications that you take. With guidance from your doctor, you can make the changes you need to promote better bone health care in order to prevent or slow down the onset of osteoporosis. He will have the best options for YOU.

Osteoporosis often referred to as the “silent disease” has been defined as a disease where there is a loss of bone mass and structural deterioration of the bone tissue. It is a loss of calcium to the bone and makes the individual more susceptible to breaking bones. It is one of the country’s fastest growing epidemics and it does not discriminate- affecting men and women- young and old. By the year 2020 half of all Americans will have a low bone mass or osteoporosis and most will not even know it.

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