Bone & Muscle Health

Bone & Muscle Health Articles

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 »

Ask the doctor: Diagnosing restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs. Certain medications can worsen the symptoms. Also, RLS is associated with certain medical conditions. One treatable cause of RLS is iron deficiency. (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 »

Men at risk of low bone strength not checked as closely as women

Men at risk of low bone strength are not checked for it nearly as often as women, according to a study in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Having a fracture is a possible sign of low bone strength (osteoporosis), and some guidelines suggest bone density testing for people 50 and older after a fracture. (Locked) More »

Metastatic bone cancer

Some types of cancer begin in the bones. These true "bone cancers" include osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Ewing tumor, and others. Most cancers that affect the bones, though, begin in some other organ or tissue and spread (metastasize) to the bones. This is called metastatic bone cancer. After the lungs and liver, the skeleton is the most common destination for cancers that arise in other parts of the body. The growth of cancer cells in bones can cause pain or broken bones. Pain that occurs without physical activity is especially worrisome. More »