A broken bone is a serious injury at any age, it can be especially debilitating for older adults. This is because healing from a fracture takes longer as we age and because older adults are more likely to have other health problems that can complicate treatment. In this blog post, we’ll explore the different types of fractures that commonly occur and provide tips for preventing fractures in the first place. So grab your reading glasses and let’s get started!

Types of Fractures in Ageing Patients

There are many different types of fractures, and the treatment options vary depending on the type of fracture and the severity. The most common types of fractures are:

Stress fractures: These occur when there is too much stress on a bone, and they are common in athletes or people who do a lot of high-impact activity. Treatment usually involves rest and avoiding activities that put stress on the bone. In some cases, a splint or cast may be necessary.

Compression fractures: These occur when the bones are compressed, and they are common in older adults with osteoporosis. Treatment usually involves pain relief and wearing a brace or special shoes. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to stabilise the bones.

Hairline fractures: These occur when there is a small crack in the bone, and they are common in children. Treatment usually involves rest and avoiding activities that put stress on the bone. In some cases, a splint or cast may be necessary.

Insufficiency fractures: These refer to a type of bone fracture that occurs due to the inability of weakened bones to handle normal stress. These types of fractures are common in elderly individuals, especially those suffering from osteoporosis or other conditions that weaken and deplete bone density. Treatment often involves rest and immobilisation with braces or casts followed by rehabilitation programs aimed at restoring mobility and strengthening surrounding muscles to prevent future injuries.

Practical Tips to Prevent Fractures for Ageing Patients

With proper care and attention, fractures can be prevented or minimised. Individuals must take proactive measures to maintain their balance and reduce fall risks.

One such measure is exercising regularly with an emphasis on strength training exercises to improve muscle tone and bone density. In addition, seniors should make sure that their homes have adequate lighting, non-slip surfaces, handrails in hallways and staircases as well as grab bars installed inside toilets and showers for support when needed.

Regular medical check-ups are also essential since some medications may increase the risk of falls or lead to dizziness which could cause loss of balance resulting in falls that lead to fractures. With these tips implemented into daily life, it’s possible to mitigate fracture risks for ageing populations and enjoy healthy ageing without worrying about serious injuries caused by falls or other accidents associated with advancing age.

The quality of your life is essential. If you or someone close has been through a fracture, it is imperative to look for medical help immediately. Please contact Dr Olivier’s office situated at Vergelegen Mediclinic Somerset West at 021 850 6398 or admin@newlimb.co.za to make an appointment.

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