Because bruises are usually the direct result of an injury, the following are important safety recommendations:
Teach children how to be safe.
Be mindful to avoid falls around the house. For example, be careful when climbing on ladders or other objects. Avoid standing or kneeling on counter-tops.
Wear seat belts in motor vehicles.
Wear proper sports equipment to pad those areas most frequently bruised (thigh pads, hip guards, and elbow pads in football and hockey; shin guards and knee pads in soccer and basketball).
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Do patients with total knee replacements (TKRs) have trouble getting around obstacles? Are they more likely to trip and fall when both knees have been replaced? Researchers from the Motion Analysis Lab at the University of Chicago say "Yes" to both questions. They studied 29 adults with bilateral TKRs and compared them to normal adults. All TKR patients were pain free, able to walk and climb stairs, and rise from a chair. Patients and normal subjects had 20/40 vision or better. A special walkway was used to test everyone's ability to avoid obstacles. A band of light was flashed on the floor, and each person was to step over it. Patients with TKRs were 30 percent less likely to avoid the virtual obstacle. Type of joint implant didn't seem to make any difference on success rates. Researchers also found success rates went down as body weight went up in both groups. The most important factor in avoiding obstacles was the time each person could stand on one leg. The authors conclude that older...
Summer is here and many of you are probably knee deep in your gardening project. This is also a great time to enjoy the sunshine and to play in the dirt absorbing the sunshine, filled with vitamin D for strong bones. Whether your idea of a gorgeous garden is fresh veggies, fruit trees or flowers, it’s a good way to relieve stress, strengthening your bones and you’ll learn new things you can use with next seasons garden harvest.
When you have bone loss you need to be careful with certain movements. One of these moves can be extremely dangerous and cause a spinal or other type of fracture. We need to always do a hip hinge when bending to the ground or retrieving something that's out of your reach. If you need to lift an object that is heavy with a hip hinge, be sure to bend your knees into a semi-squat, and then bend forward from the hips while keeping your spine in a neutral position, which means your spine is straight and not bent forwa...
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