Understanding Bone Fractures -- Prevention

How Can I Prevent Bone Fractures?

 

To help prevent fractures, follow general safety precautions, including:

  • Always wear a seat belt when riding in a motor vehicle.
  • Always wear the proper safety equipment (helmets and other protective pads) for recreational activities, such as bike riding, snowboarding, or contact sports.
  • Keep walkways and stairs free of objects that could cause you to trip.
  • If you have osteoporosis, engage in regular exercise to improve your strength and balance, which may help reduce falls. 
  • Discuss starting bone-building medications and supplements (like calcium and vitamin d) with your doctor..
  • When you are on a ladder, avoid using the top step and be sure you have someone holding the ladder.

 

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on July 18, 2017

Sources

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fractures."

National Institute on Aging: "Falls and Fractures."

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Fracture types."

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