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Doctor insights on: Preventing Falls

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How does exercise help build and maintain strong bones and prevent falls?

How does exercise help build and maintain strong bones and prevent falls?

"Bones" and "Pones": Axial loading stimulates the bone forming cells to be active and add calcium to the framework of bone. Thus stronger mones. Lay around and the minerals leave the bones. Stay active, exercise and strengthen your muscles, especially your "core", and you will have better balance, gait and tone to prevent you from falling. This is more important the older we get. If >50---get with it! ...Read more

Dr. Gottumukkala Raju
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Preventing Colorectal Cancer (Definition)

Did you know that colon cancer can be prevented? Proper colon cancer screening can detect colon cancer early when it's most curable. Everyone over the age of 50, and those with a strong family history are at elevated risk for colon cancer. Talk with your doctor about screening tests like colonoscopy, and lifestyle changes to ...Read more


Dr. Jessica Allan Dr. Allan
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Preventing falls (Tip)

Gentle elders weak, but strong need walking canes to stroll the parks safely. ...See more

Dr. L. Collins Dr. Collins
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Preventing Falls (Checklist)

Avoid throw rugs in the house
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Wear slippers with non-skid soles
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Take a tai chi or yoga class for seniors
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Work on your flexibility, balance, and strength
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My feet are curved and i think its caused me to fall before, what can i buy to prevent falls so that dont happen? and why would i have feet like that?

My feet are curved and i think its caused me to fall before, what can i buy to prevent falls so that dont happen? and why would i have feet like that?

Not a foot fall.: Sorry Pearl but curved feet in and among themselves are not likely the cause of your falling. There are other, more probable reasons that are more than likely involved. To isolate the contributing causes a thorough physical exam is necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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If buying a motion sensor, should we select? One with recordable message, alarm or silent pager to caregiver? Want to prevent falls if 92 yo arises.

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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If buying a motion sensor, should we select? One with recordable message, alarm or silent pager to caregiver? Want to prevent falls if 92 yo arises.

Difficult choice ...: If you want to prevent falls (and who doesn't?), you need someone there immediately as soon as your 92yo starts stirring. In middle of night, by time someone elsewhere in house wakes up to silent pager, it may be too late. I certainly don't think a recordable message (?) will be enough, regardless if for 92yo or for caregiver. An alarm might actually frighten 92yo regardless if demented or not. ...Read more

Dr. Malina Milan Dr. Milan
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Preventing falls (Tip)

Remove scatter rugs from your floor. Use handrail when going up and down stairs. ...See more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Preventing Rabies (Checklist)

Before you travel, inquire about any local problems with rabies
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If you are bitten by an unknown or wild animal, follow up with your doctor
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Consider rabies prophylaxis if there is a high risk as deemed by your medical doctor
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I've had two hip implants, i still wobble a little and sometimes I've fallen, is there any kind of shoes i can buy to prevent falls in that situation?

I've had two hip implants, i still wobble a little and sometimes I've fallen, is there any kind of shoes i can buy to prevent falls in that situation?

Exercise more import: Feeling unsteady after hip surgery is most likely due to muscle weakness about the hip. Pt is important to strengthen the muscles. More uncommonly the prosthesis could be loose. I would recommend getting x-rays and starting exercises around your hips. In the short term, a cane or walker would steady you and low heeled shoes with velcro straps would help support your feet. You should be eval. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What do hospitals do to prevent patient falls?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Falls: Fall precautions thru 1:1 observation, and removing hazardous material. ...Read more

Dr. Jason Campbell Dr. Campbell
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Preventing Pregnancy (Checklist)

Take birth control pills at the same time each day as directed
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Associate taking the pills with a common activity done daily
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Be aware of medications that could interfere with your birth control
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Use barrier protection to prevent sexually transmitted diseases
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What are the names/title of the HCP who decides policy development in hospital? Ex: preventing patient falls by increasing staff on unit.

Different titles: Different hospitals and health care organizations use different specialists (ie nurses, internists, surgeons, etc.,) and different titles for this position. At our hospital it is a surgeon, and his title is Director for Patient Safety and Quality Initiatives. ...Read more

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Preventing Diabetes (Checklist)

Limit your sugar and carbohydrate intake
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Exercise regularly
Weekly
Watch your weight
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My hair falls off a lot, how can this be prevented or reduced?

My hair falls off a lot, how can this be prevented or reduced?

This is not easy..: You need someone to look at your hair after a history and physical. Get an appointment with a dermatologist. Best advice i can give, not being able to do the other things! ...Read more

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Can hip pads help someone who falls a lot prevent hip fractures?

Can hip pads help someone who falls a lot prevent hip fractures?

Possibly: Nothing protects against fractures better than avoiding the falls in the first place but hip pads can be helpful for someone who chronically falls. Using a walker, removing throw rugs, lighting poorly lit areas, balance training, and muscle strengthening with weight bearing exercise and proper nutrition are all parts of the prevention program. ...Read more

Dr. David Brouwer Dr. Brouwer
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Preventing Altitude Sickness (Checklist)

Drink water regularly
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Rest at the new altitude to acclimate your body
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Talk to your doctor about medications to prevent altitude sickness
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Left foot falls asleep / goes numb about 2.5 miles into runs. Have loosened shoe laces, still happens. Lasts for two miles. How to prevent?

Left foot falls asleep / goes numb about 2.5 miles into runs. Have loosened shoe laces, still happens. Lasts for two miles. How to prevent?

Need more info: You need to be more descriptive. Is the whole foot there goes numb or just a portion and what portion. Local nerve entrapment a can occur. They can be brought on by your running pattern, by the shoes you wear, your overall foot structure and most likely a combination of all. Give more information, that's why someone hasn't answered this question earlier. ...Read more

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Diagnosed telogen effluvium after stopping birth control/spironolactone almost 1 year ago. Regrowth always falls out. Could using tretinoin be preventing recovery?

Diagnosed telogen effluvium after stopping birth control/spironolactone almost 1 year ago. Regrowth always falls out. Could using tretinoin be preventing recovery?

No: Are you pregnant or likely to be pregnant this year? If not, explore the possibility of resuming spironolactone 100mg daily. Also consider using a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor such as dutasteride 0.5mg daily. What caused the effluvium? To what extent is it really androgenetic? ...Read more

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My eyebrows are falling out. How do I prevent this?

My eyebrows are falling out. How do I prevent this?

See a: Dermatologist to find out why they are falling out. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Preventing Prostate Cancer (Definition)

While there is no perfect test or screening measure to prevent prostate cancer, you can lower your risk by having a good diet, maintaining a health weight and exercising most days of the week. The PSA blood test can be used in certain situations for high risk groups, but pros and cons of the test should be discussed ...Read more


Dr. Wayne Ingram
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Falls Or Injury (Definition)

Many people with medical problems are at risk for falling or tripping. This can leave you with broken bones or more serious injuries. You can do many things to make your home safer for you. Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help keep your home safe for you. ...Read more