Early corrective action may help alleviate many of the factors that can lead to a hip fracture. Here's what you can do:
- Eat a diet with nutrients for strong bones:
Exercise (Ask your doctor before starting):
- Weight-bearing activities such as walking
- Strengthening exercises for both upper and lower extremities
See your doctor if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Preventive medication may include:
- Hormone replacement therapy for women after menopause
Ask your doctor if any of your medications may contribute to:
- Bone loss
- Dizziness, drowsiness, or confusion
Reduce falling hazards at work and home:
- Clean spills and slippery areas immediately.
- Remove tripping hazards such as loose cords, rugs, and clutter.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower.
- Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower or tub.
- Put in handrails on both sides of stairways.
- Walk only in well-lit rooms, stairs, and halls.
- Keep flashlights on hand in case of a power outage.
- Get your eyes checked regularly.