Bone & Muscle Health

Bone & Muscle Health Articles

Turning your back on back surgery

Back pain remains one of the top reasons people seek medical care for pain, and for many older man, the source of their pain is spinal osteoarthritis. Finding relief is an ongoing struggle, but men should think hard before turning to surgery without first trying less invasive treatments. Surgery may help control the pain in some cases, so a person can function better, but it won’t cure the osteoarthritis. (Locked) More »

Managing statin muscle pain

Muscle aches and cramps—the most common side effects of statins—are more common in women than in men. Treating vitamin D deficiencies and low thyroid hormone levels, changing prescriptions, and making lifestyle changes may help. (Locked) More »

Age-proof your knees

Numerous strategies can help stave off or prevent knee problems related to osteoarthritis. Boosting muscle strength stabilizes the knee joint and helps absorb stress. Losing weight relieves pressure and pain on the joints. Improving range of motion may reduce symptoms. Other ideas include avoiding high-impact activities such as jogging and aerobics classes that involve jumping, and avoiding long periods of standing on hard surfaces or squatting. Sitting on a low stool while gardening may also help. More »

In a slump? Fix your posture

Most changes in posture are a result of bad habits, such as sitting hunched over and not standing correctly. Over time, these habits can create muscle weakness and imbalances that can trigger spasms and place stress on the neck, low back, and shoulders. More »

Is there hope for leg cramp sufferers?

Quinine, the best-established therapy for leg cramps, is associated with serious side effects. There is some evidence that vitamin B–complex capsules and diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor XR) may be effective, but insufficient evidence to recommend leg stretches. (Locked) More »