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Number of cases of bone fractures due to dog walking has doubled from 2004 to 2017.

Dog Walking Can Lead to Bone Fractures in Senior Citizens

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A new study done by Penn Medicine has shown that older adults who go for dog walking with a leash on are prone to risks of hip and other types of bone fractures.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Surgery on March 06, 2019.

The data for the research was taken from the reports of 65 years and older patients in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. This database comprised of 100 emergency wards of hospitals which is equal to 32,634 cases in the United States.

According to the scientists, dog walking has plenty of social, emotional and health benefits. But this new study has demonstrated that the number of cases of bone fractures, due to dog walking has doubled from 2004 to 2017.

In 2004, there were 1671 cases while in 2017 there were approximately 4396 cases of bone fractures were recorded. Most of these patients are 65 years old and above. According to the reports, in 78 percent of cases, women are more likely to get hip and upper extremity fractures than men.

The occurrence of such fatal injuries is due to walking a dog with a leash. Most of these fractures appear on the wrist, upper arm, finger, shoulder etc. However, the senior citizens are most likely to fracture their hips making it 17 percent of the entire database.

Jaimo Ahn, the senior author and a research assistant at Penn Medicine said, “Everyday actions mean everyday consequences, while it is important for medicine to sometimes focus on the rarer but devastating conditions such as cancer and heart attacks, we also have to remember that understanding and improving the little things in life can have a dramatic, positive effect.”

According to the reports, older people tend to have a poor health condition and most of the time their lifestyle does not comprise of physical activity. Dog walking may put a restraint on their debilitating muscle that can cause serious damage.

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