Preventing Hip Fractures

Fractures of any kind are considered a serious medical issue that requires both immediate and long-term treatment. But fractures in the hip area are treated with the utmost caution since they almost always require surgery and months of physical therapy in order to recover from them. Unfortunately, they can also create long-term complications.

Naturally, anyone could be at risk to a broken bone in the hip area, but the injury occurs more frequently amongst older people. This is due to the aging process weakening the bones through osteoporosis and putting themselves at a greater risk of breakage. Madison Physical Therapy, a Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay physical therapist defines osteoporosis as a condition in which the bones become thinner, making them more weak and brittle. The bones can become so brittle that even a cough or bending over can cause a fracture.  

Seniors also tend to trip and fall more regularly due to poor eyesight and balance issues as opposed to other people. Since falling is seen as the common causality for hip fractures, this can be a poor combination. If you think you or someone you know may have experienced a hip fracture, you can confirm by looking for the following symptoms:

  • Unable to move after you’ve fallen down.
  • Severe pain in the hip area.
  • Not able to put weight or pressure on your leg on the side of the injured area.
  • Stiffness, bruising, or swelling.
Most fractures tend to occur through unforeseen circumstances, therefore making it formidable to prepare for the incident and prevent it from occurring. Those searching for a Sheepshead Bay physical therapist can look at Madison Physical Therapy’s methods of preventing injuries before they happen. If you suffer from osteoporosis or just want to be generally aware of potential hip hazards, here are some ways that you can prevent hip fractures from occurring:

  • Improve your calcium diet, a high intake of calcium and vitamin D can stave off osteoporosis by making your bones invulnerable and less likely to break.
  • Regular exercise, this can also strengthen your bones along with the rest of your body, putting you at less of a risk of falling.
  • Removing trip hazards from your home
  • Using a walking stick or a walker, especially if you have trouble standing upright and moving.

For more treatment options for hip injuries and other ailments, contact your local Sheepshead Bay physical therapist, Madison Physical Therapy.