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Falling and Bones

Thinking about bones is important when it comes to thinking about falls.

We have already learned about some of the consequences of falling (see Step 1.19 The consequences of falls). About 6% of older people who fall will break a bone, with 1% of people breaking their hip bone. Breaking a bone can be very serious but can also impair daily life significantly.

For this reason, when we visit a health professional about falls they may assess our bone health and our risk of breaking a bone. Depending on this risk we may need a bone scan to see whether we have fragile bones or osteoporosis. But sometimes if the risk is high enough our doctor may recommend starting treatment to boost the strength of the bones without a scan.

Whatever our risk is, there are some simple things that we can all do to keep our bones healthy and as strong as possible. These are described in the next step.

For those who would like more information about bone health, there is a link below to the National Osteoporosis Society website. There is also a link to the UK NHS website which provides some information on how to keep healthy bones.

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