One of the things we are told by our doctors when first diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis is to NOT fall. Well, that’s easier said than done since many fractures occur without a major injury. If you’ve had a fragility fracture, you know that a sneeze, cough, hug, bending forward and stretching to reach something out of your grasp, can cause a spinal or rib fracture.
Follow these suggestions to declutter your kitchen and strategically place the items you use often in a place that doesn’t require twisting or stretching to retrieve.
Cabinets should be arranged so that the most used items are near the front of the shelf and on a shelf that is within arm’s reach and at eye level.
Use a step stool or cabinet to place one foot on when doing dishes. Having your knee bent helps to alleviate the pressure on your spine when you are standing in a stationary position. In this position you’ll get less tired and this should prevent a fracture due to fatigue. If you must bend forward, keep your knees bent, spine erect and don’t round from the shoulders; this will help to protect your spine from fractures.