Preventing Fractures from Falls in Seniors

Published on: October 4, 2017

One of the biggest dangers for seniors is a bone fracture from a fall. Not only are seniors more likely to fall, they have the highest risk factors for fractures. Balance issues, mobility factors and low bone density are a combined threat for seniors when it comes to sustaining fractures.

Per the Center for Disease Control, falls for seniors are prevalent and can cause serious health problems. It is estimated that a quarter of seniors over sixty-five fall every year. Fractures are a major concern for seniors, especially broken hips. 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls, with about 300,000 seniors hospitalized for broken hips each year. It can be difficult for the elderly to recover from a hip fracture, with a higher chance of complications and even death following broken hip.

Tips to Prevent Falls

The first step in preventing fractures from falls is safety for seniors. Precautions can be used to reduce the chance of falls. Here are a few safety tips:

  • Secure loose rugs or trip hazards on the floors
  • Add hand rails to bathrooms, by beds or hallways
  • Seniors should wear non-slip shoes and slippers
  • Improve lighting inside the home

Another issue to consider is bone density. Low bone density is a common issue among seniors, especially women. Osteoporosis can weaken bones, increasing the risk of a fracture from even a small fall.  A bone density scan can help diagnose osteoporosis and other diseases that cause low bone density. Treatment can help improve bone strength to reduce the risk of fractures.

Preventing falls and treating low bone density are the best options to stop fractures from falls in seniors. Making a few adjustments in the home and healthcare can lower the risk and improve the quality of life for the elderly.

Posted on behalf of:
Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound & Breast Center, P.C.
Mount Vernon Medical Center
755 Mount Vernon Highway Northeast #310
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 252-3430

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