Gynecology - Osteoporosis - Decrease Risk of Injury
What can I do to reduce my risk of injury?
If you have osteoporosis, you can reduce the risk of injury and broken bones if you:
- Avoid lifting heavy objects.
- Avoid unusually vigorous physical activity. Build your activity level gradually.
- Wear shoes that provide good support with low heels and non-slip soles (such as running or walking shoes).
- Use support for walking, such as a cane, if you need it.
- Use handrails on steps, stairs and in the bathroom
- Keep areas where you will be walking well lit and uncluttered. If you walk outside, avoid graveled areas or other uneven surfaces that could cause a fall.
- Avoid putting throw rugs on your floors at home.
- Be cautious about going outdoors when roads and sidewalks are icy.
- If you have had problems with falling, ask your health care provider if you should wear hip protectors.
- Correct vision problems
- Ask your PCP about effects of medications that you are taking that may contribute to drowsiness or that reduce strength and balance such as narcotics, sedatives, anticholinergenics and antihypertensives.