Bone & Joint

Calcium intake may not affect fracture risk

Calcium intake may not affect fracture risk

Two studies found no evidence that calcium intake is associated with fracture risk.

One-quarter of elderly women have osteoporosis, per CDC

One-quarter of elderly women have osteoporosis, per CDC

The CDC found that 24.8% of women and 5.6% of men aged 65 years and older had osteoporosis.

Some women may not need regular bone mineral density tests

Some women may not need regular bone mineral density tests

It took nearly nine years for 3% of the older women without osteoporosis to sustain a spinal fracture or break a hip, wrist, or arm.

Eczema heightens fracture risk in adults

Eczema heightens fracture risk in adults

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The combined lifetime risk for hip, forearm, and vertebral fractures that will require clinical attention is approximately 40%.

Insufficient evidence for vitamin D deficiency screenings

Insufficient evidence for vitamin D deficiency screenings

There is not enough evidence to support vitamin D deficiency screenings said the USPSTF in a final recommendation statement.

Underlying problems of scoliosis

Underlying problems of scoliosis

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A girl with scoliosis returns to the clinic complaining of ankle pain.

Osteoporosis in a patient taking anti-seizure medication


Osteoporosis in a patient taking anti-seizure medication


Are dual-energy x ray absorptiometry scans safe for patients taking anti-seizure medication?

Even minor changes in physical activity improve bone health

Even minor changes in physical activity improve bone health

For premenopausal woman, two hours of physical activity per week was linked to lower sclerostin and higher serum IGF-I.

Acupuncture best for chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis management

Acupuncture best for chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis management

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The National Institutes of Health noted that there is enough scientific evidence of acupuncture's efficacy to warrant its use in certain clinical situations.

USPSTF: Vitamin D, calcium supplements no benefit for older women

USPSTF: Vitamin D, calcium supplements no benefit for older women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force did not find sufficient evidence to support the use of vitamin D and calcium supplements to prevent cancer and osteoporotic fractures.

Secondary malignancy following breast and uterine cancer

Could a patient's anterior thigh pain signify osteosarcoma?

Early menopause ups risk for osteoporosis, fractures, death

Early menopause ups risk for osteoporosis, fractures, death

Women who experience early menopause are at increased risk for osteoporosis later in life compared with women who reach menopause after the age of 47.

A new understanding of 
osteoarthritis

A new understanding of 
osteoarthritis

Ongoing research and new developments hold promise for altering 
osteoarthritis and go beyond simply treating the symptoms.

ACR issues new guidelines for treating rheumatoid arthritis

ACR issues new guidelines for treating rheumatoid arthritis

In the first update to rheumatoid arthritis treatment guidelines since 2008, researchers address treatment options in high-risk patients, immunization and screening for tuberculosis.

The role of vitamin D in post-fracture symptoms

Can vitamin D deficiency play a role in post-fracture pain?

Bisphosphonate use increases risk for eye disease

Bisphosphonate use increases risk for eye disease

First-time oral bisphosphonate users are at higher risk for developing uveitis and scleritis.

Generic Boniva approved for osteoporosis

Generic Boniva approved for osteoporosis

The FDA has granted Apotex Inc., Orchid Healthcare and Mylan Pharmaceuticals approval to market 150 mg generic ibandronate tablets.

Check for flat feet in young patients with shin splints

Ruling out pes planus can help avoid unnecessary prescriptions and referrals.

Do PPIs affect calcium absorption?

Are there any studies that confirm effective calcium absorption when the patient is taking long-term proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) along with oral calcium?

A simple case of cellulitis on the third finger is a lot more

A simple case of cellulitis on the third finger is a lot more

A patient presents to the emergency department complaining of pain that originated over the distal tip of the digit.

When a patient falls, the pain 
indicates dislocation

When a patient falls, the pain 
indicates dislocation

Tenderness over the hypothenar eminence, swelling and limited flexion also suggest fracture.

Easing children's anxiety over cast removal

Cast saws can be terrifying for children. An orthopedic physician assistant shares a tip to help ease pediatric patient's fear.

Women are overscreened, undertreated for osteoporosis

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Inappropriate screening could lead to improper osteoporosis management.

Pain relievers may increase bleeding

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A combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen can relieve chronic knee pain — including that caused by osteoarthritis — but at the cost of increased side effects, mainly GI bleeding.

A running accident leads to the discovery of a humeral lesion

A running accident leads to the discovery of a humeral lesion

A woman fractured her upper arm in a fall while exercising. A large osteolytic growth was discovered on x-ray.

Remember to HALT SLIPS in older patients

A clinician offers a useful mnemonic device to help prevent falls in older patients.

Nutrition's effect on rheumatologic conditions

Are there any common nutritional deficiencies associated with osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gout?

Multidisciplinary screening may help reduce elderly patients' risk for falls

A multidisciplinary approach that screens for multiple factors helped identify fall risk in older adults, according to researcher at the American Academy of Physician Assistants 39th Annual PA Meeting.

Gouty arthritis: How to make the diagnosis

Gouty arthritis: How to make the diagnosis

This painful disease greatly impacts the daily lives of those who suffer from it. Diagnosis, treatment, and lifestyle modification can ease long-term effects

Blisters on the hands and fingers of a woman with discolored urine

Blisters on the hands and fingers of a woman with discolored urine

Mild hypertrichosis and hyperpigmentation of the face were also noted, and plasma porphyrins were grossly elevated.

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