A broken hip is serious and disabling. With a broken hip, you may not be able to care for yourself. Sometimes, complications from a hip fracture can lead to death. Avoid a broken hip with these basic safety measures.
Bones lose strength as people age, especially in women. Weak bones make a broken hip more likely. Help keep your bones strong by eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. Avoid tobacco and alcohol. Exercise every day to keep your bones and muscles strong. This also helps you have good balance.
Prevent falls by making your home safe. Pick up objects that can trip you. Keep yourself from slipping in the bathroom. Install grab bars and use nonslip mats. Avoid dangerous situations like walking on slippery floors or climbing ladders.
Pay attention to your medications. Make sure they don't cause side effects like dizziness or weakness. Go to your eye doctor regularly and wear your glasses when you walk. Know your limits. Use a cane or a walker if you need it. And stand up slowly. Your healthcare provider can give you other tips based on your overall health and activity level.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.