3 Vital Ingredients to Keeping Your Bones Healthy

Although osteoporosis overwhelmingly affects women, it’s not just a female problem. Osteoporosis affects more than half of U.S. adults, about a quarter of whom are men, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). About 10 million U.S. adults have osteoporosis, the NOF reports. Another nearly 43 million U.S. adults – half of them men – have low bone mass. Osteoporosis is a disease in … Read More

Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Child’s Cast

“It’s itchy.” “It’s hot.” “It’s in the way.” Wearing a cast can be awkward for your child, admits Ryan Goodwin, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. But it’s sometimes the best way to help a broken bone heal correctly. Some fractures can be treated with splints or slings, he says. Others … Read More

Surprising Dangers of Trampolines for Kids

Trampolines are popular among kids and adults – but they’re dangerous. From 2002 to 2011, trampoline injuries contributed to more than 1 million emergency department visits in the United States. With an influx of indoor trampoline parks springing up nationwide, trampoline-related injuries may continue to soar. Trampolines not advised Whether kids are supervised at an indoor … Read More

Handling Broken Bones: Diagnosis, Treatment

Most people don’t go around thinking about their bones. That is, until one breaks. Typically, fractures (broken bones) heal fairly well. But what about bones that are shattered in multiple places? Or fractures that won’t heal? Or — worst of all — traumatic breaks that tear the skin? “Trauma is hard because no one plans … Read More

Do You Really Need a Vitamin D Supplement?

Researchers analyzing hundreds of studies say vitamin D supplements won’t protect healthy, middle-aged adults from osteoporosis. And even worse, they say the supplements may increase the risk of death from other diseases. But make sure you aren’t deficient in vitamin D before you stop taking the supplement, say Cleveland Clinic bone health experts. “The take-home … Read More

Children and Growth Plates Injuries (Video)

In so many ways, children are more flexible than adults – and this includes their bones. Because their bones haven’t fully hardened and are still growing, children are vulnerable to a unique injury called a growth plate fracture. Growth plates are areas of developing cartilage tissue near the ends of long bones, and these are … Read More

Kids and Broken Bones

While both adults and kids can get bone fractures, kids are especially vulnerable to a unique injury called a “growth plate injury.”  What is a growth plate? Growth plates describe the weakest parts of a child’s growing skeleton. They are soft, pliable areas at the ends of bones that produce new bone tissue as children … Read More