Author: Niki L. Carayannopoulos, DO
Are you over the age of 50? If so, do you know about bone fragility? While 50 years certainly doesn’t seem like an age where you should worry about fractures, the medical facts suggest a different story. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, half of all adults over the age of 50 are at risk for breaking a bone. Osteoporosis-related breaks occur in 50% of all women and 25% of all men in this age category. (Learn more about osteoporosis.)
Understanding Fragility Fractures
Fragility fractures are caused by low bone density and deterioration of bone tissue. In many cases, patients and physicians discover the early or mid-stages of osteoporosis at the time that one of these breaks occurs. (Osteoporosis is, after all, known as a “silent disease.”) This is just one reason why getting a recommended DXA Bone Scan is so important.
What You Can Do to Prevent Fragility Fractures
There are several things you can do to prevent fragility fractures. One of the primary steps you can take is to reduce tripping hazards and reduce the likelihood of a fall happening in the first place. This may include everything from getting a vision check-up to removing loose rugs from the house. View this post for nine ideas about how to prevent falls.
In addition to reducing the opportunity for falls, consider improving your bone health. Several things you can start doing today include…
- If you drink, drink in moderation. Not only can drinking increase your likelihood of falling, but alcohol is not good for your bones.
- If you smoke, quit, as tobacco can significantly impair the body’s recovery process and impair bone healing and remodeling.
- Eat calcium-rich foods. Calcium is necessary for bone health.
- Consume Vitamin D to help with calcium absorption. This can be achieved through diet, as well as time spent under the sun.
- Exercise regularly to strengthen muscles and the joints they support.
Get a Fall Assessment
If you or someone you love is at risk for falling, consider getting a fall assessment with a Houston orthopedic doctor. During an assessment, a physician may evaluate your medical history, medication usage, vision, gait/balance, lower limb joints, brain function and cardiovascular health. If providers are able to identify risk for falls early on, patients and their families may be able to implement appropriate preventive measures.
Schedule With a Houston Orthopedic Doctor
For more information about the prevention of fragility fractures, schedule an appointment with your Houston orthopedic doctor. Call Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics at (713) 756-5546, or schedule your appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.