Aging takes a toll on balance, vision and bone strength, increasing the risk of a fall resulting in a fracture. Most broken hips are caused by falls; for some patients, these injuries limit their ability to live independently.
Avoid falls with these tips:
Exercise with a purpose: Get active, and incorporate exercises to improve balance into your workout. The National Institutes of Health recommend holding onto the back of a heavy chair, slowly lifting one leg and holding it behind you or to the side for one second. Repeat several times.
Keep an eye on your vision: Stay up to date with your glasses prescription.
If you missed the news about Duke Regional Hospital new Hip Fracture Program, visit our post from December 20, 2013.