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Broken bones from a fall can require extensive medical care

Many people think of falls as an embarrassing nuisance. While this is the case for some falls, it is also possible that this could lead to a very serious injury.

People who suffer injuries when they fall should be prepared for the recovery process. This varies greatly depending on the type of injury that they have. Broken bones are one type of injury that can require considerable time and rehabilitation to recover completely.

It is possible to break almost any bone in the body when you fall. Elderly people often suffer from broken hips. Broken wrists are also common,with broken backs slightly less common. In all of these cases, you need to seek medical care to get a diagnosis and determine what treatments you need to address the issue.

In some cases, you might need surgery to reset the bone. From there, you have to give the bone time to heal. Going through physical and/or occupational therapies might be necessary once the bone heals. These therapies help you learn to use the limb again and strengthen it so you are again able to use it.

Some broken bones can lead to other serious issues. For example, a broken back might mean that you have to deal with a spinal cord injury. These can be life-altering.

If your fall was on someone else's property and you want to seek compensation, you need to have your case professionally evaluated. The compensation you seek should be sufficient to cover all costs of the accident, including expenses that you will incur in the future.

Source: National Osteoporosis Foundation, "Recovering from Falls," accessed Aug. 18, 2017

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