Preventing Falls in Osteoporosis

Preventing Falls in Osteoporosis

It’s never too early or too late to take steps to protect your bones from osteoporosis fracture risk, especially the bones in your spine. Broken bones of the spine are common in people with osteoporosis and often go unnoticed until more serious problems occur. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of spine fractures and take steps to prevent these fractures from happening in the first place.

Each year about one-third of all people over age 65 will fall. Many of these falls result in broken bones. Some common causes of falls include outdoor and indoor hazards. Certain lifestyle behaviors can also increase your chances of falling.

Outdoor Safety Tips

Try the following tips to help prevent falls when you are outside:

  • Wear low-heeled shoes with rubber soles for more solid footing (traction), and wear warm boots in winter.
  • Use hand rails as you go up and down steps and on escalators.
  • If sidewalks look slippery, walk in the grass for more solid footing.
  • Avoid unnecessary walks during the monsoon
  • Look carefully at floor surfaces in public buildings. Floors made of highly polished marble or tile can be very slippery. When these surfaces are wet, they may become dangerous. When floors have plastic or carpet runners in place, stay on them whenever possible.
  • Only walk in well lit areas
  • Turn on the light outside your front door before leaving your home in the early evening so that you have outdoor light when you return after dark.
  • Never shy away from asking assistance
  • Use walking aids when necessary or prescribed

Indoor Safety Tips: Fall-Proofing Your Home

Try the following tips to help prevent falls when you are inside your home:

Around the House

  • Place items you use most often within easy reach. This keeps you from having to do a lot of bending and stooping.
  • Use assistive devices to help avoid strain or injury. For example, use a long-handled grasping device to pick up items without bending or reaching. Use a pushcart to move heavy or hot items from the stove or countertop to the table.
  • If you must use a stepstool, use a sturdy one with a handrail and wide steps.
  • Install handles next to commodes for assistance
  • Install anti-slip mats in the toilet and bathroom Around the House
  • Wear rubber-soled footwear at home
  • All areas in the home have to be illuminated stooping.
  • Do not walk on wet floors
  • Avoid lifting weights
  • Avoid clutter
  • Routine eye check-up