Falls can lead to bruises, pulled muscles and broken bones. That might not seem like a big problem, until you know what’s really at risk. Being hurt in a fall can make it hard to do things like take a bath or go for a walk. Falls can also be serious, especially as you get older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year, 2.8 million people 65 or older are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries1
Research also shows that if you avoid broken bones, especially near a joint like your ankle, you’re likely to have less chronic arthritis pain as you get older 2, 3. You’ll also be able to get around more easily by yourself. Talk to your doctor about steps you can take to reduce the chance you will fall or break a bone - or keep from falling again.
This information is for educational purposes only and does not replace treatment or advice from a healthcare professional. If you have questions, please talk with your doctor.
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