Dealing With Osteoporosis Prior To And After A Bone Is Broken
Here Are Some Tips To Deal With A Situation Like This:
Work out to prevent falling: When someone has osteoporosis, it may seem like the right thing to do to prevent from falling, but contrary to this belief, working out will ensure that you have balance and flexibility as well as become stronger. This will help you to keep from falling. But the prudent thing to do would be to do things that are low impact like swimming and walking and give up on activities that have a higher impact and which involves a lot of bending like golf. Tai chi has been recommended by experts.
Have a discussion with your healthcare professional: Some combination of medicines can make you feel woozy. You can take this up with your doctor to review the dosage or the possibility of changing medicines. Plus discuss the other health issues like ear and eye problems that can adversely affect the balance.
Be more careful: Basically you will have to be really careful and lookout for areas that seem likely to make you slip. Also think about taking a small packet of kitty litter or salt to ensure that you are not slipping on icy roads. Also try to stay in and walk on carpets rather than smooth flooring where possible.
Be smart in selecting footwear: Walking without footwear or walking around in socks will increase the risk of a person slipping,. You could consider wearing good quality footwear with flatter heels and those that fit well even while walking indoors. Make sure the footing of your footwear is correct, immediately replacing those shoes that have become looser. Ensure that laces are tied properly.
Keep things neat: Try and rearrange things around your home to ensure easier navigation by removing the clutter in the way of your path. Also keep cords and lines in place to avoid tripping and falling over them. In the same way keep the yard also neat and clean to reduce the possibility of tripping and falling.
Move slowly: When at home, ensure that you slow down when getting off the bed or from a chair. Make your movements slower and more deliberate to ensure lesser possibility of accidental falls. Also be careful while navigating stairs or uneven surfaces.
Making use of safety devices: Think about the possibility of putting in bars in the bath area and rubber mats where possible. Ensure that stairs have rails for hands on both sides. Also ensure that your rugs are skid proofed. If you are planning on using a stool or ladder, make sure it is steady. The better option would be to get a device with a long handle so that you can avoid getting on the stool or ladder. Also don’t use other people’s walker or cane. Ensure that you use one that fits you.
Ensure that there is enough illumination: As we become older, our vision changes and often it can become tougher to avoid things on the way or to see well in lower light. So ensure that your rooms are brightly lit and make sure that the switch for the room light is near the entrance to enable you to switch it on as soon as you enter. Have flash lights handy for power cuts. And also keep curtains open during day to ensure enough natural light during the day.
Keep an eye out for pets: While having a cat or dog is great for companionship, they do tend to get underfoot. There have been many instances of adults tangling with pets, causing them to fall. To prevent this from happening, ensure that your pet does not sleep or sit in places that will cause you to tangle. Keep their stuff away from your path and clean up promptly if they cause any spills. Also put a bell on the pet so that you have a warning when they are about.
Try to limit alcohol intake: It is not a surprise that drinking and that too heavily causes falls. Drinking makes you unsteady and cause you to fall. What is more too much alcohol can cause health problems and it is also known to limit absorption of calcium into the bones making them brittle and causing them to have fractures. Consider having skim milk or juice that is fortified with calcium.
Make sure your glasses are right: Sometimes having a bifocal or trifocal can make seeing a little tougher, so you could consider wearing glasses with single lens when you are up and about doing things like climbing stairs, walking etc to avoid falling. Discover what works for you and get those type of glasses. What is more talk to your eye doctor to find out what your options are.
Learn to fall the right way: Sometimes it is inevitable that you will fall, but you can work on making sure that the damage you sustain as you fall is as less as possible. The thing to do is to roll instead of falling. If you feel yourself starting to slip and fall and there is nothing for you to hold on to, then try and catch your balance. Even if after doing that, you feel you are still going to fall, then crouch down and try to roll instead of falling while making sure that you do not land on the hip.