What Causes hip fractures
Our bones become thinner with age, which is quite significant in the hip bones. In the hip bone, it causes a localized thinning and makes it more susceptible to fracture. A Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study mentions that regular and high-impact exercise, particularly hopping or jumping can strengthen the hip bone, reducing the risk fracture, even in the later age also. The study is named as ‘hip hop’ study, and it was done by the scientists at the Loughborough University in the UK.
In the study, the researchers selected 34 men from the age group of 60-65 years and made them hop or jump for two minutes daily for a one-year duration. However, the men were asked to hop only on one leg so that they can assess the difference between two legs. After one year, the researchers observed that the bone mass increased by up to 7-8% of the exercised hip including both the outer and inner layer (outer shell or cortex and the inner layer or spongy bone). Not only this, but the effect was also positive in the thinnest parts of the hip bone, which are more likely to get fracture during a fall.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, this trick can also be very useful to prevent osteoporosis, a disease which is responsible for a large number of fractures worldwide. This study also indicates the use of early intervention in Osteoporosis with conservative therapy based approaches, that can help in strengthening bones and preventing Osteoporosis induced hip fracture.
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Dr. Kaleem Mohammed graduated as a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014 from Deccan College of Physiotherapy, affiliated to Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, India. Dr. Kaleem is an expert at handling physiotherapy needs of patients suffering from orthopedic and spinal conditions and post-surgery rehabilitation. Dr. Kaleem is associated with HealthClues since its inception where he facilitates diagnosis and advanced consultation with senior doctors. He is also a medical researcher and prolific writer who loves sharing insightful commentaries and useful tips to educate the patient community about fitness, treatment options, and post-treatment recovery.