There are several things that you can do to help prevent
fractures and bone problems.
Prevent vehicle crashes. Drive carefully. Wear
a seatbelt. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order.
Prevent falls. A general physical examination
can identify medical conditions that are associated with
balance disorders or dizziness. Ask your doctor about a Bone
Mineral Density Test to screen for Osteoporosis.
A vision exam can detect vision changes that are associated
with falls. Some vision changes can be corrected with glasses.
Additionally, people who wear bifocals or trifocal lenses
should learn the correct way of walking with their glasses on.
It can be helpful to have an occupational therapist, a physical
therapist, or a family member help you examine your home and
remove obstacles that may cause you to trip. Such obstacles may
include throw rugs, electrical cords, and even small pets. It
may be helpful to install railings on your steps or in your
shower. Wear low-heeled, sturdy shoes. They may help you
maintain proper foot positioning. A cane or walker may aid your
balance while you stand or walk.
Wear safety equipment. If you play sports,
make sure that you wear the appropriate safety equipment. Wear
the safety helmets, pads, and body gear designed for your sport
Keep your bones healthy. Do not smoke. Smoking
can inhibit the healing process of bones. Make sure your diet
contains healthy amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Talk to your
doctor about nutrition supplements that may be appropriate for