A hip protector is a specialized form of pants or underwear with pads designed to prevent hip fractures following a fall.
What is a hip protector?
Hip protectors are underwear, shorts, or pants with special padding on the sides to protect your hips during a fall. There are a variety of different styles (and companies) which supply these products – and the quality and effectiveness of these products varies. Hip protectors are commonly used by seniors who have a high risk of falls and hip fractures.
How do hip protectors work?
Hip protectors absorb the impact of a fall and help protect the bone. When wearing the hip protector, the padding must always stay in place over your hip bone. To find the right size for you, measure the widest part of your hips.
To choose your hip protector, talk to your nurse, doctor or occupational or physical therapist.
How do you properly fit a hip protector?
Each company will have guidelines on how to properly size and fit their different models of hip protectors on their company website.
Below are guidelines for two common hip protectors:
- Fraser Health's Your Guide to Independent Living Booklet
Information on how to prevent falls and reduce injuries.
- Falls prevention brochure
Information on four things you can do to prevent falls.
- HealthLink BC: Seniors' falls can be prevented
Prevention tips to help seniors avoid falling.
- BC Injury and Prevention Unit
Injury prevention resources supporting the integration of prevention practice into the daily lives of British Columbians.
Builds awareness and understanding of the issue of injury, to keep Canadians safe at home, on the road, at work, and at play.
- Veterans Affairs Canada: Falls prevention
Information on falls prevention for veterans.
- Health Canada: Aging and seniors publications
The publications of the Division of Aging and Seniors are a great source of reliable information about aging in Canada.