Hip fractures are a serious health concern for elderly patients. Complications from these injuries can be life-threatening, especially among people over the age of 65. Because of this, the older we become, the more important hip health becomes.
There are several ways to lessen the chance of sustaining a serious hip injury and many ways to promote good hip health. Educating yourself on the aging process is a good first step. Once our bodies no longer build bone, we begin to lose bone density, which starts around the age of 35. After that, there is a normal gradual loss. However, individual habits and lifestyles can determine the severity and extent of the loss.
Maintaining physical activity is the best way to prevent bone loss. Swimming is a great way to strengthen bones without creating friction on the joints.
To learn more about hip health, feel free to consult with hip expert Dr. Nicholas Mast, who has been repairing hips for years. His office is located in San Francisco, CA.