Musculoskeletal Disorders

July 3, 2021
What a Pain in the Neck! -- Explaining Text Neck Syndrome

No one likes going to the hospital.   Yet, a 16-year-old girl found herself being admitted into a pediatric unit for a set of puzzling symptoms. Her head would often hurt, with dizziness as a twin that followed close behind. She had a sudden onset of pain in her neck. Imagine something dull and twisted […]

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May 5, 2021
Is it Ever Too Late to Save your Posture?

What Causes Poor Posture? A few variables can cause poor kyphotic posture, the most common one being our seating habits. We tend to slouch over and protrude our shoulders forward for a prolonged period without changing position, for example, sitting at the computer desk, slouching to use your mobile phone, watching TV etc. (1). These […]

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April 8, 2021
Beware of the Bone Thief - A Guide to Osteoporosis

More than two decades ago, the famous NHANES III study found that approximately 10% of people aged 50 and over suffer from osteoporosis. In 2010, these results were supplemented with the new findings: apart from 10% suffering from osteoporosis, 43% more have osteopenia. In other words, over 50% of people older than 50 have low […]

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April 5, 2021
Living with Osteoarthritis: Management and Lifestyle Recommendations

Joint failure, as such when all joint structures undergo damage (e.g. cartilage loss, joint-bridging muscle weakness, sclerosis of bony plates), is the biggest thief of independence. Joint injury in the setting of failure of protective mechanisms has robbed off people of their ability to perform daily activities and lead satisfying, productive lives. Osteoarthritis is the […]

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March 31, 2021
Upper Crossed Syndrome: Symptoms, Diagnosis, And Management

No doubt, the use of cell phones and computers has completely revolutionized our world. Many businesses now became online, and has reduced the need for 9 to 5 jobs. Unfortunately, that must come with a price. The prevalence of heart disease, hypertension, and other chronic conditions had a monkey jump in the last few years. […]

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March 27, 2021
A Trap in the Bend: Why Do People Keep Slouching When It Is Bad?

Everyone, at some point, has been told to keep their backs straight or else they’re risking themselves to a lifetime of chronic back pains. Yet, slouching has been almost universal among people no matter the age, background, and fitness level. It is deemed easier to maintain and more comfortable over time. So how does something […]

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March 12, 2021
Common Spinal Disorders in the Elderly and Their Treatments

Mobility is one of the central functions of humans. For it to be fulfilled, the spine, which is the central component of this function, has to work together with the rest of the musculoskeletal system in an intricate, complex manner to execute the required movements in a pain-free fashion. It has evolved through time to […]

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March 9, 2021
Dynapenia, A Silent Killer of the Elderly

Dynapenia is the age-related loss of muscle strength and force. Tough it is a normal process that happens with aging, as the population grows older, dynapenia is gaining in importance, just like many other geriatric conditions. In 2008, CDC reported that 16-18% of women and 6-8% of men cannot stoop, kneel, or lift 10lbs (ca. […]

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February 26, 2021
Distal Muscular Dystrophy: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Management

What is Distal Muscular Dystrophy? Distal muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a distal disease that consists of a group of rare muscle diseases (i.e., myopathies). These diseases generally start from distal muscles (i.e., muscles of hands and feet) and then spread to the rest of the body.  Causes: DMD is a genetic disease and may be […]

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