One of the most common life changers for otherwise healthy older Americans is breaking a hip, says award-winning orthopedic surgeon Marc S. Stevens.
“About half of patients who suffer a hip fracture have problems walking afterward, and about a fourth are unable to live independently afterwards. It’s one of the No. 1 reasons older adults move into nursing homes,” Stevens said.
Stevens offers tips for preventing a broken hip:
• Focus on osteoporosis & nutrition: Stevens says he advises his patients – especially women – to prevent osteoporosis by consuming bone-healthy vitamins, such as Vitamin D, calcium, manganese, magnesium and other crucial building blocks for Type I Collagen. Regular exercise also helps strengthen bones.
• Avoid common accidents: While time, lack of adequate nutrition and chronic conditions such as osteoporosis make bones susceptible to breaks, a fall often finishes the job. Most injuries occur at home – where we spend most of our time. Keep pathways to the bathroom well-lighted at night to help reduce the risk. If you have area rugs, make sure they’re secured to the floor. Install grab bars in the tub or