Orthopedics Articles & Stories

Can Cracking Knuckles or Joints Really Lead to Arthritis?

Can Cracking Knuckles or Joints Really Lead to Arthritis?

Cracking or "popping" of joints is a form of joint manipulation that results in a cracking or popping sound, such as when a person cracks their knuckle. People are capable of cracking several joints in the body, including wrists, hips, elbows, toes, shoulders, feet, ankles, jaws, and vertebrae. Read More


Osteoporosis May Best Be Treatable with Combination Drug Therapy

Osteoporosis May Best Be Treatable with Combination Drug Therapy

A combination of two different drugs for osteoporosis was discovered to increase bone mineral density more than treatment with either drug alone. This is according to the results of a small clinical trial published The Lancet. Read More


Physical Activity Levels in Childhood Lowers Fracture Risk in Old Age

Physical Activity Levels in Childhood Lowers Fracture Risk in Old Age

Get out there and be active with your kids, you may be helping them to prevent a broken hip as they get older. This is according to researchers presenting their work at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day in Chicago, IL. Read More


Fractures May Not Be Prevented with Vitamin D and Calcium

Fractures May Not Be Prevented with Vitamin D and Calcium

Vitamin D and calcium supplements do not prevent fractures in adult men or women. This is according to a study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The U.S. Preventive Services Task force made their final recommendation after discovering there was inadequate scientific evidenc... Read More


Obese Patients May Prevent and Treat Osteoarthritis through Weight Loss

Obese Patients May Prevent and Treat Osteoarthritis through Weight Loss

Weight loss can prevent and greatly relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis, a progressive joint disease. This is according to a literature review appearing in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Read More


Women More Likely to Experience Hip Implant Failure

Women More Likely to Experience Hip Implant Failure

A recent study involving 35,000 US patients, one of the largest of its type, indicates that while the risk of total hip implant failure is low, it is slightly elevated in women more than men. This has sparked calls for studies to explore what kinds of implants are most likely to succeed in wom... Read More


Male Cardiovascular Disease Risk Rises with Consumption of Calcium Supplements

Male Cardiovascular Disease Risk Rises with Consumption of Calcium Supplements

Males who consume a high intake of calcium supplements appear to have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease death. This is according to research from the National Cancer Institute and reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. The authors noted that women do not appear to be impacted in the same way. Read More


Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants May Cause Soft Tissue Damage

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants May Cause Soft Tissue Damage

For a number of years, metal-on-metal hip implants have failed at astonishingly high rates and the question still remains: "Is there a lack of clinical benefits with metal-on-metal bearings?" Recent updated information from the FDA indicates that metal-on-metal hip implants can cause soft-tiss... Read More


Knees Fare Better During Lower Impact Sports

Knees Fare Better During Lower Impact Sports

Both instances of very high and very low levels of physical activity can greatly hasten the degeneration of knee cartilage in middle-aged adults, according to new research presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Read More


Research Reveals Potential Prevention for Muscle Loss, Obesity, and Diabetes

Research Reveals Potential Prevention for Muscle Loss, Obesity, and Diabetes

Research from Nanyang Technological University has revealed breakthroughs regarding how the body loses muscle, potentially opening the door for new treatments to fight aging, obesity, and diabetes. The study is published in the journal Cell Metabolism. Read More


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