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As we age, we become more likely to suffer a fall, which can cause serious bone fractures. Hip fractures, common in older females, can result in long-term damage and costly life-changes. Learn how you can prevent falls from occurring, and the strategies that will help you avoid fractures.

In a recent study by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, older adults who said they were concerned about falls often avoided common activities such as shopping and visiting friends.

“Don’t let fear of falling and injuring yourself grab hold of your life, follow these prevention tips to increase your mobility,” says Dr. Gary G. Doss, hip specialist at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron.

Exercising: Weak extremities often turn those little trips into dangerous falls. Maintaining an exercise program throughout your life will help prevent these falls from occurring. Yoga or tai chi can even be performed in the comfort of your own home. These exercises will help strengthen muscles, boost flexibility, and improve balance.

Remove hazards: Suffering falls at home are common, removing clutter, and replacing light bulbs are simple fixes.

Vision check-ups: It may sound redundant, but having your vision checked routinely can improve your quality of life and allow you to see those bumps in the sidewalk.

Following these helpful tips can prevent painful falls and bone fractures. Should you suffer from a fall and would like to schedule an appointment with a specialist at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, visit our appointment page, or call (810) 985-4900.