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For Osteoporotic Spinal Fracture Pain, Try Analgesic Injections First

In people suffering from vertebral compression fractures due to osteoporosis, vertebroplasty (injection of acrylic bone cement to stabilize the fracture) is no better at relieving pain than injection of pain relievers, according to a study reported in 2018 in The BMJ.

Should You Be Screened for Osteoporosis?

Updated advice on osteoporosis screening for women and men from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

Losing Weight? Don’t Also Lose Bone

If you're on a weight-loss diet, do more weight-bearing exercise to counter the potential adverse effects that this might have on your bones. That's a take-home message of a recent study in ...

Four Secrets to Better Balance

Good balance can help prevent falls-a major cause of hip fractures. If you have low bone mass, maintaining good balance is important. And attention to balance is even more critical if you have fallen recently or have had two or more falls in the past 12 months, because this means you are at risk of falling…

Poor Balance, a Fall, and a Fractured Hip: A Toxic Trio

Each year, more than 300,000 Americans ages 65 and older are hospitalized after a hip fracture, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly all the fractures happen from a fall. And a key factor in falls is poor balance.

Osteoporosis Screening: When Not to Get a Heel Scan

Heel ultrasound scans can be a quick and easy screening tool to measure bone density. But the National Osteoporosis Foundation advises some people to skip the scan and have another test instead.

Can an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Help Prevent Osteoporosis?

The claim: Following an anti-inflammatory diet can lower the risk of developing osteoporosis. But what does the evidence show?

Fracture Risk and Weight Loss Surgery: What You Should Know

Although weight-loss surgery clearly provides health benefits, it also has some risks-including an increased risk of bone loss and fracture.

Rethinking Drug Treatment for Osteopenia

About 10 prescription drugs have been approved to prevent or treat osteoporosis. Experts are still debating about who should take the drugs besides people with osteoporosis. After some of the drugs were also approved for osteopenia two decades ago, many women (and some men) with the condition started taking them, raising concerns about overtreatment. But in…

Milk: Does It Really Benefit Bones?

Humans need calcium and vitamin D to build strong bones. And drinking milk that's fortified with vitamin D is an easy way to get those nutrients. But does that mean drinking milk will help prevent osteoporosis-related fractures?