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Preventing Femur Fractures

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August 10, 2019
Edward Smith

Preventing Femur Fractures

Over the past few decades, there has been a significant amount of research regarding serious injuries, such as femur fractures, and their treatment. Unfortunately, these new strategies are often expensive and complications following a serious bone fracture are still possible. Therefore, it is also important to focus on strategies for preventing femur fractures from taking place.

There has been a lot of discussion in the medical community regarding the prevention of serious injuries. Preventative medicine is important because it is a cost-effective way to save both families and the healthcare system time, money, and stress. When it comes to a broken femur, there are some effective preventative strategies that everyone can employ.

Diet Plays an Important Role

One of the most important ways for everyone to prevent a broken femur is to eat a proper diet. There are two nutrients that will play a key role in the growth of bony tissue: calcium and vitamin D. The two nutrients will work in tandem to build the bony matrix and increase bone density.

Calcium can be found in dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Vitamin D is produced in the body when someone is exposed to sunlight. Both of these nutrients are also sold as supplements.

Consuming these nutrients during the younger years is important because most people reach their peak bone density around the age of 30. After this point, most people’s bone density will gradually decline. Maintaining bone density is important for preventing a femur fracture and diet is only one of the many ways that this can be done.

Preventing Osteoporosis with Weight-Bearing Exercise

As people start to age, one of the health problems that may develop is called osteoporosis. This is the medical term that is used to describe a low bone density. Those who have a low bone density are at an increased risk of developing a bone fracture. In order to prevent osteoporosis, weight-bearing exercises are recommended. By placing a “load” (weight) on the femur, the body will respond by building more bone. Some examples of weight-bearing exercises include:

  • Climbing Stairs: Taking the stairs will place a load on the thigh muscles and the femur, helping to build bone density.
  • Squats: Squats are another great way to work the upper leg, placing a load on the femur and building bone density.
  • Weight Training: Lifting weights is the most direct way to place a load on the femur, preventing bone loss.

Regular weight-bearing exercise can reduce osteoporosis. Most importantly, everyone should follow their doctor’s advice and undergo bone density screening as recommended. Early detection of osteoporosis can prevent an unexpected break to your thigh bone (femur) during a fall.

Fall Prevention Plays an Important Role

Fall prevention plays a pivotal role in avoiding fractures of the femur, particularly in young children and in the elderly. Some of the ways that a fall can be prevented include:

  • Placing railings along both sides of all staircases to prevent falls down the stairs
  • Ensuring that adequate lighting is present in every room so that people can see potential obstacles that might cause a trip and fall accident
  • Making sure that all toys, books, and other obstacles are removed from walkways
  • Avoiding slick surfaces such as wet floors and icy sidewalks upon which someone might slip

Avoiding Serious Injury: Preventing Femur Fractures

Using the tips and strategies discussed above, it is possible for people of all ages to avoid suffering a femur fracture. By avoiding these fractures, individuals, families, and the healthcare system as a whole can save time, money, and avoid a stressful recovery process.

Unfortunately, despite everyone’s efforts, a severe accident can still occur at any time, leading to a femur fracture. It is important for everyone to be prepared so that they can receive appropriate medical care as quickly as possible. Some of these fractures might even require surgical repair. With rapid medical care, physical therapy, and the support of family members and friends, most people who suffer a broken femur will eventually make a full recovery. In addition to medical care, other trained professionals are standing by to help families in need.

Femur Fracture Lawyers in Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Femur Fracture Lawyer. One of the most effective ways to treat a broken femur is by preventing femur fractures from ever occurring. If someone you care for has been diagnosed with fracture involving the femur in a traumatic accident due to the negligence of another person or entity, please contact me today at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly legal advice.

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