Bone & Muscle Health

Bone & Muscle Health Articles

Make a home gym work for you

Making physical activity a habit takes determination and perseverance no matter what the setting. People who find time and convenience the main obstacles to getting to the gym may benefit from creating a simple workout area at home. Inexpensive items such as small hand and leg weights, portable pedaling machines, resistance bands, and a foam floor mat are perfect for a beginner’s needs. The dedicated exerciser may decide to invest in a professional-quality treadmill or other aerobic machine, or a home gym weight system. (Locked) More »

Warming up a frozen shoulder

While everyday shoulder aches and stiffness are common, if pain and mobility become substantially worse over time, you may have a condition called adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder. While it can be surprising and sometimes scary when it happens to you, the condition is a relatively benign disease that often resolves on its own. You just need to know how to deal with it if it happens. (Locked) More »

Turn away from neck pain

Approximately 80% of people experience neck pain during their lifetime, and 20% to 50% deal with it annually. Besides the obvious physical discomfort, neck pain can trigger headaches and cause numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms, and may be linked to medical problems, including rheumatoid arthritis or infection. Making certain lifestyle changes can keep your neck strong, healthy, and pain-free.  (Locked) More »

Knee buckling raises the risk of falls

Knee buckling is common in people with knee pain and knee osteoarthritis and raises the risk of falls and injuries. Strengthening the quadriceps muscles and doing balance exercises may help improve knee stability and reduce buckling.  More »

The pain of strains, sprains, and cramps

Strains, sprains, and cramps are the most common injuries of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. However, appropriate treatment and preventive measures can speed recovery and keep injuries from recurring.  (Locked) More »

Yoga: Another way to prevent osteoporosis?

A 12-minute routine, involving holding each of 12 yoga poses for 30 seconds, done at least three times a week for two years, increased bone density in a small study of postmenopausal women with low bone density. More »

Muscle problems caused by statins: Can a genetic test reveal your risk?

A mail-order genetic test claims it can identify people at risk of developing muscle pain from taking a cholesterol-lowering statin. Using genetic material from a saliva sample, the test looks for gene variants that affect how statins are transported into the liver. About 25% of people have one of two copies of this variant. But the results apply only to a rare form of statin-induced muscle pain that affects about one in 1,000 people.  (Locked) More »