Bones & Joints

Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis can cause pain, numbness and tingling from the low back down the leg, making walking difficult. It often can be treated without surgery, but sometimes surgery is the best option to restore quality of life. “If you know you need surgery, don’t put it off,” advises Michael Steinmetz, MD, Chairman of the Department […]

Exercise to Keep Bones Strong

Starting at around age 30, the density of bones starts to decline. For women, the process speeds up at the time of menopause. Bones that become too weak can more easily break from a fall or other trauma. Keeping bones as strong as possible requires adequate calcium, vitamin D and weight-bearing exercise. Bone is dynamic […]

Do You Have a Torn Meniscus?

You may have heard about professional athletes sidelined because of a torn meniscus. For a teenager or young adult, a tear in this piece of cartilage in the knee joint is not normal. It often occurs from a sudden twisting motion or a hard landing. As we get older, tears in the menisci become far […]

In the News: Hip Fracture; Gout; Eye Care; Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis

Return to Function Can Take Two Years After Hip Fracture A hip fracture in an older adult usually requires surgery. Recovery can take a long time, and it can have a major impact on function. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (January 2021) examined the effects of hip […]

Ask the Doctors: Joint Stiffness; Topical NSAID Safety

Q Why are my joints stiff in the morning, and what can I do about it? A Waking up with a stiff back, neck, knees or other joints is a common complaint, and there is usually a cause, such as muscle tightness. Weak muscles and stiff tendons can tighten during long periods of rest, such […]

Achilles Tendon Trouble

Just like the tendons in your elbow or shoulder, the Achilles tendon, which runs along the back of the heel, can become painful from injury or overuse. Tendons are fibrous bands that connect muscle to bone. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to the heel bone. You […]

A Kayaker Is Back on the Water

Frank Webber is being modest when he says, “I do a lot of kayaking.” The fact is, Webber has been a competitive kayaker for decades, competing in both short- and long-distance races, including the 300-mile Everglades Challenge. He paddles both flatwater and the more challenging whitewater. So, it was a particular hardship for Frank to […]

In the News: Knee Osteoarthritis; Sciatica; Arthritic Knees; Strengthening Muscle

Almost a Quarter of Adults 40 and Older Have Knee Osteoarthritis Knee osteoarthritis is a major cause of pain and limited physical function among older adults. A study published in EClinical Medicine (December 2020), a journal by the Lancet, estimated the global impact of knee osteoarthritis and identified risk factors. The researchers reviewed results from […]

In the News: Bone Fractures Among Vegans; Electroacupuncture & Knee Pain; Physical Activity &...

Increased Risk for Bone Fractures Among Vegans Vegetarian and vegan diets are healthy ways of eating, but they may have a drawback. A study published in BMC Medicine (November 2020) found an increased risk for bone fractures among people on these diets. Researchers collected diet, health and behavioral data on close to 55,000 people between […]

What’s Wrong With My Elbow?

Like all joints, your elbow can develop problems that make everyday activities, such as carrying groceries, playing sports or even getting a good night’s sleep, more difficult. While osteoarthritis may be one reason for discomfort, there are other disorders that are even more likely to be at fault for elbow pain. Elbow Anatomy The elbow is […]

Driving After Joint Replacement

After having joint replacement surgery, many people want to know, when can I start driving again? They don’t want to rely on family and friends to drive them around for too long. Getting back to driving is a priority. “Most people should be ready to start driving again by six weeks after surgery,” says Philip […]

In The News: Osteoporosis; Telemedicine & Rheumatology Care; Bone Density; Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs &...

Osteoporosis Underdiagnosed and Undertreated in Older Men Older men who experience a bone fracture are underdiagnosed and undertreated for osteoporosis, according to a study presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting (November 2020). In an older adult, a bone fracture that is not the result of a major trauma means the person has […]