Bones / Orthopedics News From Medical News Today

Orthopedics involves the treatment of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Bone problems may include deformities, infections, tumors, and fractures. Problems of the joints may include arthritis, bursitis, dislocation, pain, swelling and ligament tears. Common orthopedic-related diagnoses focus on issues with the ankle and foot, hand and wrist, shoulder, knee, elbow and spine.
  1. Genes determine around 80% of a person's height, but environmental factors can also affect it. This article looks at how people can increase their height during development.
  2. Knee stiffness can limit mobility and prevent a person from carrying out regular tasks and activities. Learn about the causes of knee stiffness and their treatments here.
  3. Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) occurs when joint stabilizing ligaments around the pelvic bones become too stretchy and relaxed. Learn more here.
  4. Some causes of swollen legs and ankles are relatively harmless, while others can be more serious. Discover the different causes and their associated treatments.
  5. A new study has found an association between poor bone health — which can be a sign of osteoporosis — and exposure to high levels of air pollution.
  6. Wrist tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon within the wrist. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of wrist tendonitis here.
  7. Trigger point injections can help relieve chronic muscle pain. Here, learn about the possible side effects, how the injections work, and who may benefit.
  8. Leg muscle cramps are common, but they can be uncomfortable and very painful. In this article, learn about how to treat and prevent them.
  9. Neck tension occurs when the neck muscles remain contracted for prolonged periods. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of neck tension here.
  10. People in the United States drink more than almost every other country. A new study asked if this might impact the bone health of postmenopausal women.
  11. The current method of fixing broken bird bones is not ideal. A recent study investigates whether pins made of dog or sheep bone might be more effective.
  12. A recent study concludes that consuming higher levels of dietary selenium shows an association with a reduced risk of developing osteoporosis.
  13. Trigger finger is a condition in which a person’s finger locks or catches if they try to straighten or bend it. Home remedies can often treat it. Learn more here.
  14. A study of 11,000 postmenopausal women has linked sleeping for no more than 5 hours per night to a higher risk of having low bone mass and osteoporosis.
  15. There are many possible causes of a dent in the head, including injury, surgery, congenital conditions, and tumors. The treatment for a dent in the head depends on the cause. Learn more here.