5 Ways to Mend a Break

These steps can help you feel better as you recover:

  1. Take calcium and vitamin D. Both play an essential role in building strong, dense bones. You can get calcium from the foods you eat, such as dairy products and some green vegetables, and through supplements. Vitamin D, which comes from the sun, food and supplements, helps your body absorb calcium. Find more information on nutrition and osteoporosis here.
  2. Change your habits Now is a great time to say good-bye to bad habits like smoking and drinking too much alcohol—both can cause bone loss. Make a fresh start today and commit to a healthier lifestyle that includes eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, exercising daily when you’re ready and taking recommended medications.
  3. Develop a treatment plan with your doctor. Your doctor is the best person to help you develop a recovery plan that includes daily weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises, a healthy diet, as well as treatments that will aid in your recovery. If you’ve been seeing an orthopedic specialist to help heal your broken bone, be sure to check back with your primary care physician during your recovery to see if osteoporosis may have contributed to your break. You may need to get a bone mineral density scan to test the strength of your bones.
  4. Commit to physical therapy. Make an appointment with a physical therapist who specializes in rehabilitation. Physical and occupational therapists can help you learn exercises that decrease pain and improve your range of movement. Also, consider having your vision and hearing checked regularly to reduce the risk of a fall.
  5. Check your medications. Some drugs can increase your risk of falling. Make a list of the medications you are taking and review them with your primary care doctor. Ask your doctor about stopping any drugs that may cause low blood pressure or dizziness, which can lead to a fall.

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