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How can I prevent a hip fracture?

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This is when you have a break in the top quarter of your thighbone, aka the femur. Strong bones are the best protection again hip fractures. To that end, your doctor might recommend one or more of the following:

Your doctor also may suggest drugs that stimulate your estrogen and make your bones more dense. These are called selective estrogen receptor modulators.

  • Calcium supplements
  • Vitamin D supplements
  • Drugs called bisphosphonates to prevent bone mass loss
  • Calcitonin, a hormone that maintains calcium levels in your bones
  • Regular physical activity
  • Giving up tobacco and alcohol

SOURCES

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “OrthoInfo: Hip Fractures.” “Hip Fracture Prevention.”

CDC: “Hip Fractures Among Older Adults.”

New York University Langone Medical Center: “Types of Hip & Pelvic Fractures.”

Houston Methodist Hospital: “Stress Fracture of the Hip.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

SOURCES

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “OrthoInfo: Hip Fractures.” “Hip Fracture Prevention.”

CDC: “Hip Fractures Among Older Adults.”

New York University Langone Medical Center: “Types of Hip & Pelvic Fractures.”

Houston Methodist Hospital: “Stress Fracture of the Hip.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

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