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 Minesh Khatri, MD on July 30, 2019



American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fractures."

National Institute on Aging: "Falls and Fractures."

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

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