Breaking Bones: the emotional cost of fracture recovery

Breaking Bones: the emotional cost of fracture recovery

The breaking of a bone is hardly a good experience. Apart from the initial pain and shock, there is the long road of recovery and adjustment, because a bone is a fragile thing and needs space and time to rebuild strength. During this time an individual may be...
Osteoporosis, sex and brittle bones in the time of Covid-19

Osteoporosis, sex and brittle bones in the time of Covid-19

One could hardly say that sex has taken a back seat during Covid-19, rather the opposite considering the rise in pregnancies during this time. However, you might be forgiven for thinking: well, that doesn’t affect me because I’ve got osteoporosis – I’m going to spend...
Understanding DXA and Bone Density Results

Understanding DXA and Bone Density Results

If you suspect you have osteoporosis, then the easy way to check this, is to have a bone density test. In fact what you will have is a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA or DXA bone densitometry). It’s painless, non-invasive, accurate and reliable, and involves a...
The Big Toe and its Brethren

The Big Toe and its Brethren

Let’s face it, the big toe can be irritating. It’s often the ugliest toe but nevertheless pushes forward with almost narcissistic aplomb, always ensuring it is one step ahead. However, without it we would fall over. The big toe is intrinsic to our balance and ability...
The Tailbone: a pain in the butt!

The Tailbone: a pain in the butt!

“Even though your parents and grandparents didn’t have tails, if we went back in time and looked at ancestor species that we have in common with other primates, we would see some tails.” At least that’s the bald pronouncement of Erika Deinert, Biologist, Washington...