Prevention of falls and fractures

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II. Prevention of falls and fractures

If one is suffering from osteoporosis, even a trivial injury may cause fracture. This can be prevented by taking some simple precautions:

  • Wear flat shoes.
  • Make sure that the stairs, bedrooms, halls and bathrooms are well illuminated.
  • Keep the floor dry, especially in bathrooms and kitchen.
  • Avoid alcohol and sedatives.
  • Use a cane or walker if you are very weak and cannot support you body weight properly.
  • Avoid wearing bifocal glasses.
  • When getting up from a lying position, first sit on the edge of the bed for sometime before standing up (to avoid postural hypotension).