Coping with bodily changes

Although bones heal over the next six to eight weeks, some broken bones can cause problems that don’t improve with healing. This can include changes to body shape after a spinal compression fracture, or loss of fitness and wellbeing after a hip fracture.

Looking after yourself and your home often involves movements and activities that may have become more of a struggle since you had a fracture. Bending down, lifting heavy items and standing for longer period of time may now cause problems.

This page offers some suggestions that can go some way to help lessen some of the problems you may be experiencing. Find the subject area you're interested in - listed in alphabetical order - and select an option to find out more.

For all the information on this page, in full, and for details about hiring equipment and living aids for independent living, download the daily living after fractures factsheet.

Download daily living after fractures factesheet


  • Bathing
  • Washing hard-to-reach areas
  • Skincare
  • Grooming

Around the home

  • Reaching into cupboard and appliances
  • Vacuuming and housework
  • Gardening