Tailbone injuries are uncommon, but can be very painful. Learn whether you can actually break your tailbone and when you should see your doctor for tailbone pain.
Playing sports such as soccer or basketball, or even just jumping off a moving swing at the playground, can cause an ankle sprain or fracture, while constant use of certain muscles can cause painful strains.
Did you know that your bones are living tissue? Learn about the many surprises your skeleton holds for you.
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
“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
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
Cleveland Clinic researchers are zeroing in on a solution that may one day help children continue to grow normally even after suffering severe injuries to their growth plates. Growth plates: the key to kids’ mature size The secret of a child’s future height and size lies largely in his or her growth plates, the areas … Read More
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
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
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