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How can I prevent another hip fracture?

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About 1 in 5 people who fracture their hip will do it again within 2 years. You may lower the chances of that happening by figuring out what cause the fracture in the first place.

A drug called a bisphosphonate can lower your risk. It stops your bones from getting weak. But if you take it by mouth, it can have side effects. Your doctor might want you to have it through an IV tube.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Hip Fractures.”

CDC: “Hip Fractures Among Older Adults.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hip Fracture.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Hip Fractures.”

CDC: “Hip Fractures Among Older Adults.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hip Fracture.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

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