Moving Safely

Preventing Falls - why it's important  

For people with osteoporosis, even a minor fall can cause a broken bone, so preventing falls has become an important part of managing bone health. Half of all falls occur around the home and approx one third of people over 65 fall each year. It is estimated around 6% of falls result in a broken bone. Falls are most commonly caused by –

  • Poor muscle strength
  • Problems with vision
  • Problems with balance (weak muscles, low blood pressure, inner ear problems, some medicines, poor nutrition)
  • Home hazards that cause tripping

Extensive research has been conducted into the best ways to avoid falls.

Author: Osteoporosis Australia Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee
Last updated: 06/26/2014 - 12:27