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How can you prevent bone fractures when you have osteoporosis?

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All of your treatments should focus on protecting and strengthening your bones. These include diet, exercise, supplements (including calcium and vitamin D), and osteoporosis medicines.

Work with your doctor -- or a physical therapist or occupational therapist -- to change the way you do certain activities and start balance training to help you prevent falls.

Troubleshoot your home for things that could make a fall more likely. For instance, rugs should have pads that stick to the floor. Your stairs need a handrail.

Get your eyes checked, because vision problems can also make falls more likely.

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis -- Recovering from Broken Bones."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Osteoporosis Pain Treatment: Nonsurgical Vertebroplasty Is Effective Pain Treatment for Spinal Fractures Caused by Osteoporosis or Bone Tumors."

Goldhahn, J. Bone, February 2010.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist," "Distal Radius Fracture," "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures," "Hip Fractures," "Helping Fractures Heal (Orthobiologics)."

FDA: "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Ongoing safety review of oral bisphosphonates and atypical subtrochanteric femur fractures."

PubMed Health: "Osteoporosis Treatments That Help Prevent Broken Bones." Gronholz, J. Am Osteopath Assoc, Oct. 1, 2008.

CDC: “Important Facts About Falls."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 04, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis -- Recovering from Broken Bones."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Osteoporosis Pain Treatment: Nonsurgical Vertebroplasty Is Effective Pain Treatment for Spinal Fractures Caused by Osteoporosis or Bone Tumors."

Goldhahn, J. Bone, February 2010.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist," "Distal Radius Fracture," "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures," "Hip Fractures," "Helping Fractures Heal (Orthobiologics)."

FDA: "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Ongoing safety review of oral bisphosphonates and atypical subtrochanteric femur fractures."

PubMed Health: "Osteoporosis Treatments That Help Prevent Broken Bones." Gronholz, J. Am Osteopath Assoc, Oct. 1, 2008.

CDC: “Important Facts About Falls."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 04, 2018

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