Lose Weight to Battle Osteoarthritis, Study Suggests

Losing a substantial amount of weight can help protect knees from osteoarthritis and slow down the degeneration of knee cartilage, a new MRI study finds. Patients who lost more than 10 percent of their body weight during the study had the best results, according to lead author Alexandra Gersing, MD, from the Department of Radiology […]

Most People Have Less Joint Pain, Better Mobility After Weight Loss Surgery, New Study Finds

The majority of patients who have bariatric surgery say they have less joint pain and are able to walk more easily three years after their surgery, a new study finds. About 70 percent of more than 2,200 patients followed in the study who had severe hip and knee pain or disability before surgery experienced an […]

Practicing Yoga Improves Arthritis Pain and Mood

For the one in five people who live with arthritis, yoga may be a safe and effective way to remain active. A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers found that people with two common forms of arthritis – knee osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – who practiced yoga reported a 20 percent improvement in their pain, […]

Exercise May Help Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant and experiencing back pain may want to ask their doctor for exercise suggestions. Physical exercises before and during pregnancy can be effective in preventing and reducing low back and pelvic pain, according to a news release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect a woman’s […]

Tips to Avoid Injuries from Wearing Heavy Backpacks

Parents and students shopping for a new school backpack this month may want to consider important safety tips to prevent back, neck and shoulder injuries. Backpacks, the preferred choice for students to carry all of their daily school necessities, help distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles. However, if […]

Practice Safe Diving to Prevent Spine, Neck Injuries

As temperatures soar throughout South Hampton Roads and families seek relief in swimming pools, lakes and the ocean,  spine specialists nationwide are urging families to practice safe diving skills to avoid neck and spine injuries. “Everyone needs to be trained to dive safely,” said orthopaedic surgeon Brett A. Taylor, MD, a spokesman for the American Academy […]

Men and Women Face Different Bone, Joint Risks

The differences between men and women extend to their bone and joint conditions, according to a recent study. Educating patients about their gender-specific risks may help them prevent musculoskeletal injuries and problems, the authors wrote in the study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Researchers found that while women in […]

Falls Leading More Older Americans to Suffer Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries

An increasing rate of older adults are experiencing traumatic spinal cord injuries, according to a new study published in the June 9 issue of JAMA. Researchers say it’s associated with an increase in falls.  The percentage of spinal cord injury associated with falls for those who are 65 or older increased from 28 percent to […]

Strengthen Shoulder Joint to Prevent Injuries

Many people don’t realize how much they use their shoulders until they find themselves injured. Injuries to the shoulder muscles, ligaments and tendons can take months to heal, making it difficult to perform simple, everyday tasks. By protecting the shoulder joint, however, many injuries can be prevented, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. “Strengthening […]

Healthy Lifestyle May Help Prevent Low Back Pain

Low back pain can cause people to miss work, become disabled and face medical expenses. While some causes of back pain can be medically treated, such as those related to a disk problem or pressure on a spinal nerve, others may improve by making lifestyle changes. New research suggests that many people who have lower […]