(Reuters Health) - Older adults who walk their dogs on a leash have been breaking bones at an increasing rate, with women and hip bones most at risk, researchers say.
The study, which used information from a U.S. database of emergency room patients, found that cases of fractures in dog walkers over age 65 more than doubled from 2004 to 2017.
If you have a dog companion, thats great, said senior author Dr. Jaimo Ahn, co-director of orthopedic trauma and fracture reconstruction at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
But as you walk your dog, be mindful and careful. Beyond that, use the walking as an opportunity to ask how fit and strong you feel. And then make a plan - with your doctor, family or friends - to become more fit, strong and healthy.
After caring for a number of patients after accidents while walking their dogs, Ahn decided to look into how common these injuries were. He and his colleagues analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, maintained by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to track a nationally-representative sample of 100 U.S. hospital emergency departments.
In total, they found cases representing 32,624 fall-related fractures involving ...