Bone & Muscle Health

Bone & Muscle Health Articles

Keep your shoulders strong to stay independent

In older age, the shoulders become vulnerable to health problems and pain that may curtail activity. Fortunately, most older adults can reduce pain and improve shoulder strength without surgery. Therapy typically focuses on three keys to restoring shoulder health: improving posture, strengthening the muscles that support the shoulder, and stretching. Posture exercises aim to reverse forward-shoulder positions. Strengthening focuses on the rotator cuff muscles and the shoulder blade muscles. The muscles that must be stretched for shoulder health are in the front of the body and on top of the shoulders. (Locked) More »

Should you be tested for weak bones?

Bone health is a legitimate concern for both men and women, but low bone strength (osteoporosis) affects men to a lesser degree and later in life. Men with clear risk factors for osteoporosis should have a test called dual x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). (Locked) More »

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 »

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 »