Beyond fractures: The fall injuries you don’t always hear about

Falls can lead to pneumonia, brain injuries, or muscle breakdown. Learn the risks so you can avoid them.

Published: March, 2021

It's easy to see why falls are a top cause of injury and death among older adults. Crashing to the ground with force obviously can break a bone, or worse. But are you familiar with that "worse" part? Learn about fall risks now, so you can do as much as possible to avoid injuries in the future and maintain your mobility and independence.

Fractures

In older adults, about 90% of broken bones (fractures) happen because of a fall. Breaks commonly occur in the ribs, spine, wrist, arm, ankle, or hip.

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