Steps To Preserve Your Hip Joints Now, And Prevent Fractures Later
The risk of hip fracture increases as we age; here’s what you can do to stack the odds in your favor.
A hip fracture is a serious injury, particularly for the older patients who are most susceptible to them. These fractures occur in the femur, just below the hip joint. Most are caused by factors that weaken bone over time, combined with the impact from a fall.
Hip injuries occur most often in people aged 65 and older. Women are especially vulnerable; suffering approximately 70 percent of hip fractures. Treatment typically requires surgery, hospitalization, and extended rehabilitation. Even then, a hip fracture is often the end of independent living. Most patients go from rehabilitation to an assisted living arrangement.
There are short-term and long-term steps you can take to reduce the risk of a hip fracture as you age.
Commit to exercise
Moderate exercise can slow bone loss and maintain muscle strength. It can also improve coordination. Good exercise options include climbing stairs, jogging, hiking, swimming, dancing, and weight training.
Embrace balance training
Balance practices like tai chi have been shown to decrease falls and reduce the risk of hip fracture. When you add balance training to your routine, you can increase your self-confidence as well as your body balance.
Improve your bone strength
Talk with your doctor about any fracture risk factors you may have. Together, you might want to consider a bone density test. Genetics also plays a role in bone health, and can mean a higher rate of bone turnover as you age. A bone metabolism test can help assess your risk. If bone loss is an issue, your doctor may prescribe medication to slow bone loss and increase bone strength.
Create a safe home environment
Because most fractures are the result of a fall, you can safeguard yourself with simple home safety improvements. Remove clutter and unstable area rugs, use adequate lighting, and install stabilizing bars in bathrooms.
Monitor your medications
Talk with your doctor about prescribed and over-the-counter medications that might cause drowsiness or dizziness. Keep an up-to-date list of all of your medications to provide to other healthcare providers you might consult.
These long-term health strategies and preventative measures could pay big dividends that extend your longevity with a vibrant active lifestyle, and healthy strong hip joints.
Summit Orthopedics offers proactive wellness services
At Summit Orthopedics, we are committed to providing the resources, tools, and expertise you need to achieve your personal fitness goals. Our Summit wellness center is home to proactive wellness classes and training services for you and the whole family. Wellness experts can work with you or your physician to design an exercise program that supports lifelong health through exercise.
Start your journey to a more active self through our wellness services offered at the HealthEast Sports Center. Schedule a free wellness consultation online or call (651) 968-5766. Find the group fitness class that works with your schedule. Visit our Facebook page to learn all about the wellness events we offer to safely promote good health throughout your life.
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