Getting a fracture when you have osteoporosis is rough. Your bones are naturally a lot weaker, so the fracture might be worse than you would prefer. In order to make sure that you are able to recover as quickly as possible and get back to your old life, follow these tips.
1. Be Willing to Use Assistive Devices
The first thing that you need to do is get over your unwillingness to use assistive devices. These are devices that allow you to make up for the fact that you have fractured a significant part of your body. You might be avoiding them because you worry that they will make you look old or that they will be embarrassing. This is a problematic way of thinking because you are making your life harder and you are limiting your mobility. You need to keep moving or else other parts of your body are going to weaken. Using assistive devices will also make the entire healing process feel a lot shorter because you won't need as much help and will not be confined to a bed or to a chair.
2. Stick to Your Rehab Program
Do the exercises that you have to do in physical therapy to the best of your ability. Perform the home exercises each day. Keep up with the exercises after the insurance company stops paying for your physical therapy. This will allow you to strengthen the area that you injured more quickly and ensure that you are able to get back to your life as soon as possible.
3. Minimize Your Fall Risk
Be sure that you pick up anything that might cause you to fall in your home. Get your eyes checked to make sure that you can see clearly and therefore be less likely to lose your balance. Perform strengthening exercises to help improve your balance. Make sure that you know if a medication is going to make you dizzy before you take it. Doing all of this will allow you to ensure that you are minimizing your fall risk as much as possible.
4. Pay Attention to How You Move
Finally, pay attention to how you are moving the area of your body that is fractured. Keep your spine straight when taking something out of the oven and make sure that you are using proper typing posture if you hurt your wrist. This will allow you to heal more quickly.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in osteoporotic fracture treatments.