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Stephanie commented on Preventing Future Fractures - Once is enough

Osteoporosis is common amongst the older adult population. Unfortunately, falls leading to breaks and fractures are also more likely to happen for an older person. Bone density decreases as age increases, and it’s important to take preventive measures early on to lower the risk of having a debilitating fall. Healing from a fracture can take months, and depending on a person’s prior level of independence, the recovery time can be much longer. A common visit to the emergency room is often a fall which causes a fracture in the hip. That simple hairline fracture can set a person back by spending time in the hospital and skilled nursing facility for rehab. Even then, they may discharge home with professional care or move into an assisted living facility if they had lived alone previously and now need some type of custodial care or assistance. While falls are not entirely preventable, the outcome of having a fall can be less harmful with prior knowledge and treatment for an osteoporosis diagnosis.