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Shoulder Fracture: Reducing Your Risk

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Shoulder Fracture: Reducing Your Risk

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There are a variety of common factors which make a person vulnerable to a shoulder fracture, including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Heredity
  • Mental impairment
  • Nutrition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Personal habits
  • Physical impairments
  • Weakness and dizziness

Falls are the leading cause of injuries in people 65 and older in the United States.1


Inactivity weakens the body while exercise makes it stronger. Exercise can improve mobility and balance and reduce joint and muscle pain. Regular exercise slows the loss of muscle mass and the rate at which bone weakens. Moderate activity of 30 minutes a day provides health benefits. Examples include:

  • a brisk walk
  • working in the yard
  • bike riding
  • walking the fairways when golfing
  • washing and waxing the car

Make Your Home Safer

Falls are more likely where it is slippery or where lighting is poor. Be sure your home is well lit and free from clutter. Secure any loose rugs and clean up after spills. Here are some suggestions to help make your home safer.

Stairs and Steps​​​​​

  • light switches at top and bottom of stairs
  • good lighting
  • handrails
  • clutter-free
  • nonslip treads or secure carpeting


  • grab bars
  • slip-resistant rugs
  • night lights
  • shatter-proof shower enclosure

Living Areas

  • clear pathways
  • light switches and room entrances
  • secure loose rugs


  • secure loose rugs
  • stable stepstool with handrail
  • nonskid floor wax


1. Accessed June 11, 2019.

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if shoulder surgery is right for you.

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