Bone & Muscle Health

Bone & Muscle Health Articles

Healthy ankles: Your mobility depends on them

Sprains and Achilles tendon injuries are common and can usually be treated at home, but they increase the risk of further injury. Tendon stretches and wearing the right shoes can help prevent ankle injury. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Why am I getting shorter?

After age 40, people lose a little less than half an inch in height with each decade. One can try to avoid losing height by eating foods with calcium, getting enough vitamin D, and staying physically active. (Locked) More »

Osteoarthritis relief without more pills

For mild osteoarthritis, an occasional dose of an over-the-counter pain reliever may be all that’s needed to keep the pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis in check. But as osteoarthritis gets worse, men may become interested in ways to cope with pain and other symptoms without taking more medications. The main options are weight control, exercise, and physical therapy, especially for knee and hip arthritis. Some physical therapists offer additional services, such as ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) . Some people with osteoarthritis find acupuncture helpful. The evidence for “joint support” dietary supplements, in contrast, is poor. More »

Why do women fall?

Older age, alcohol consumption, medication use, diabetes, and osteoporosis are linked with an increased risk of falls for women, but not men. (Locked) More »

Neck pain: Core exercises can help

Strengthening your core muscles to better support your spine can help prevent neck pain. Six exercises are illustrated. Pulling your chin in, sitting up straight, adjusting your workspace, can also help. (Locked) More »

How to preserve your posture

Kyphosis, or dowager’s hump, is caused by vertebral compression fractures. Diet, resistance exercise, and bone-building drugs help prevent it. Minimally invasive surgery can help strengthen compressed vertebrae to reduce severe pain. More »