Ever wondered how strong your bones are? It’s not something we often think about. But it’s those bones that hold us up. And allow us to eat and walk. What would we do without them!
For some people, a bone fracture can come about from doing something fairly ordinary. Like pushing too hard to open a window. Or your foot slipping off the edge of the footpath. Or tripping over an extension cord at home.
Breaking a bone can disrupt our independence and take away our mobility. And potentially lead to depression, according to Harvard Medical School, which shared this helpful information. Fractures can also be painful and even cause permanent disability and death. But there’s simple things you can do to avoid the wrong kind of ‘break’ in your lifestyle.
Here’s eight steps to help safeguard against bone fractures:
Keep it clear – clear your floors of clutter and anything you could easily trip over. Rugs that slide around, loose cords, and wires sticking out are a real no-no. And clean up spills immediately.
Light up your life – keep stairs, walkways and the entrances to your home well lit. Installing night lights in your bedroom and bathroom are a great idea too, to avoid falls in the dark.
Stick to it – wear rubber-soled shoes for better traction, inside and outside the home. And put non-skid mats on your bathroom floor and in the tub. Adding grab-bars to the bath area may also help.
Within reach – we can often have a fall by over-reaching for an item. Avoid having to climb up to get to the things you regularly use. Keep those items in easy to reach locations.
See to it – make sure you get your vision checked regularly. And keep your prescription glasses/contacts up-to-date so what you’re seeing is the real deal.
Watch out, pets about – little Rufus or Snowball might love your company, but they can be a bit tricky to navigate if underfoot. Be careful when pets are about and check where they are first.
Check in – have a chat with your doctor about any medications you’re taking. Ask if they have side effects like dizziness or that affect balance. Anything that could make you more prone to a fall is a concern.
Build it up – increasing physical activity, doing something like yoga, tai chi or pilates, can help muscle strength, co-ordination and balance. And help you to expect the unexpected.