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Wrist Fractures Often Lead to Disability Among Mature Adults

Wrist fractures can seem like a relatively minor injury but a recent study found that they often lead to the development of disability among mature adults. The study was published in the July 2010 issue of BMJ.

For the study, researchers from Northwestern University followed 6,107 healthy women aged 65 and older with no history of wrist or hip fractures.

The women were followed for an average of 7.6 years. During that time the researchers measured their ability to perform daily living activities such as preparing meals, housekeeping, climbing stairs, shopping, and getting out of a car.

ver the course of the study, 268 of the women suffered wrist fractures. The researchers found that those women were 50% more likely to demonstrate functional decline due to their injury.

The study researchers noted that the increased risk of disability due to risk fractures was on par with that experienced as a result of falls, arthritis and diabetes. They believe there needs to be much more education offered about preventative measures.

Preventative measures are especially important for post-menopausal women because they are at a much higher risk of osteoporosis and therefore more likely to incur a wrist fracture.

There are a number of ways to keep your wrist and bones strong in order to lower the risk of fracture including taking a vitamin D and calcium supplement and performing weight bearing exercises.

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