Falling is an epidemic among seniors.
Take a look at these statistics:
* 87 percent of all fractures in the elderly are caused by falls.
* 90 percent of all hip fractures among seniors are caused by falls.
* 1 in 5 seniors DIE within one year of sustaining a hip fraction.
* 40 percent of nursing home admissions are the direct result of a fall related injury.
* Over 50 percent of people discharged for a fall related hip fraction, will fall again within 6 months.
Seniors need to learn how to fall down WITHOUT breaking a hip.
That's what this article is all about.
We'll take an inside look at how and why a hip is broken in a fall, and then I'll tell you about a simple and easy technique you can use to minimize your chances of a broken hip by 15 times.
How a Hip is Broken in a Fall
According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), about 90% of all hip fractures occur because of falls – ON or NEAR the hip.
Hip fractures are most common when a person falls sideways or back at an angle, and comes down directly on one of the exposed hip bones.
What is Your “Hip” Exactly?
Your hip bones are actually your upper thigh bones. Your femurs.
When someone breaks a hip in a fall, it actually means that they broke the femur bone, usually up near where the bone goes into the hip socket.
Generally, hip fractures occur in and around the ball joint and neck of the femur as a result of direct contact with the ground.
Fall Direction and Hip Fractures
This is shocking.
Hip studies have shown that sideways falls are 15 TIMES more likely to result in a hip fraction than forward falls! It's been shown that CHANGING FALL DIRECTION may be the most important factor in preventing hip fractures.
How to Fall Down Without Breaking Your Hip
We've covered 3 important factors so far that lead us directly into our falling technique.
1. We established that broken hips almost always happen in a fall because of DIRECT CONTACT to the hip.
2. We established that broken hips can be avoided in a fall by CHANGING FALL DIRECTION so that you do not land on your hip.
3. We established that sideways falls were 15 TIMES more dangerous than forward falls.
So what this basically means is that no matter what, you do not want to fall down sideways directly onto your hip.
The most important thing you can do to AVOID breaking your hip is simply to make sure you do not land directly on it during a fall.
Turn Into Your Fall to Avoid a Broken Hip
Here's the secret.
If you're falling sideways, the most important thing you can do is turn in the direction of your fall.
If you're falling to the right, turn your body to the right and come down in a forward position. If you're falling to the left, turn your body to the left and come down in a forward position.
When you come down in a forward position, the ground can not make direct contact with your hip bones, and this greatly minimizes your chances of a broken hip.
But by how much?
Simply turning your body from a sideways fall into a forward fall minimizes your chances of a broken hip by 15 times. It's worth turning into your fall.