Older adults who fall and fracture their hip have a 25 percent to 30 percent chance of dying after one year. Falls are the most common reason for nursing home placement.
As we age, our bones become more fragile. Our reflexes are no longer lightening-quick. If you are over age 65, having four or more of these risk factors will increase your risk of falling by 80 percent.
Have you ever felt momentarily dizzy? Many people have at one time or another. Dizziness, which is a sense of unsteadiness or unstable movement, is common. About 15 percent of the general population experience dizziness each year.
Cleanup in the yard and the home is a necessary evil this time of the year. But if you’re not careful, you could end up nursing a serious injury. Among the most-frequently seen injuries in the emergency department are those resulting from falls and eye injuries, says emergency department physician Thomas Waters, MD. Serious falls tend to happen when … Read More
If a stroke, orthopedic injury or other cause has made a loved one dependent on an assistive device such as a wheelchair, walker or cane, it’s important to know the best way to help him with his mobility and safety. And safety — yours and his — is always first. “When providing care, keep in … Read More
Forging through snow and ice and cold is challenging in the winter and can lead to physical peril. Find out what you can do to avoid injuries and health problems. Check out the following tips from Family Medicine doctor Michael Rabovsky, MD, Interim Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine in the Medicine Institute and Medical Director … Read More
We often throw ourselves into our favorite outdoor activities without a thought. We all want to make the most of comfortable temperatures and milder weather. But skating through the park, running a wooded trail or conditioning for football season all carry a risk of ankle and wrist fractures. Even a misstep off a curb or a … Read More
Girls all over America watched gymnast Gabby Douglas flip and spin across the Olympic mat a couple years ago, dreaming they might one day reach that level of elite gymnastics. But competitive gymnastics brings with it significant risk for injury, including strains and sprains as well as stress fractures to the back, wrists and ankles. … Read More
A growing number of elderly people are falling and suffering traumatic brain injuries as a result, a new study says. Alarming rise in number of traumatic brain injuries Researchers at the Injury and Osteoporosis Research Center followed a group of Finnish people over 40 years. They found the number of older Finnish adults with a … Read More
The percentage of Americans with osteoporosis who are women is a whopping 80 percent — totaling more than 35 million people. What’s the message for women? Mind your bones! While bone density – the amount of tissue contained in bone – diminishes as we age, exercise is one way to help offset the effects. Exercise tips … Read More