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Arm Fractures Indicate Greater Risk of Hip Fractures in Elderly Patients
Date:3/2/2009

may not have the time or ability to correctly position themselves as they fall," he noted.

"Rather than trying to catch themselves as a younger patient would do" notes Dr. Clinton, "studies show that elderly people have a tendency to simply tuck and roll, which causes greater force on the shoulder and hip."

Dr. Clinton recommends the following steps for patients experiencing a fall:

  • talk to an internist to help determine any potential underlying medical cause of the fall
  • consider the use of bone-strengthening drugs, called "biphosphenates"
  • talk to an occupational therapist about modifying the living area and using assistive devices to prevent falls

"The use of biphosphenates may be good, preventative advice for elderly patients at risk for fractures, whether or not the patient has had a fracture," added Dr. Clinton.

"What I tell my patients is that we have ample evidence now to support the use of biphosphenates to reduce the risk of fragility fractures, and especially reduce the risk of hip fractures, even within the first year of starting the medication," noted Dr. Clinton. "In my opinion, this is good advice for anyone facing the possibility of a fragility fracture, not just those who have already experienced a fracture."

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