It's impossible to prevent the unforeseen events that often cause a broken wrist or broken hand. But these tips might offer some protection.
Build bone strength
Strong bones come from:
- Eating a nutritious diet with adequate calcium and vitamin D
- Getting plenty of weight-bearing exercise, such as brisk walking
- Quit smoking if you're a smoker
Most broken wrists occur when people fall forward onto an outstretched hand. To prevent this common injury:
- Wear sensible shoes
- Remove things you can trip over in your home, such as throw rugs
- Light up your living space
- Have your vision checked and, if needed, corrected
- Install grab bars in your bathroom
- Install handrails on your stairways
- Avoid slippery surfaces, if possible, such as snow- or ice-covered walkways
Use protective gear for athletic activities
Wear wrist guards for high-risk activities, such as:
- In-line skating
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