Category Archives: General

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 lockdown polishing up my Spanish or reading a book on […]

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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 very low dose of radiation. The scan is a […]

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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 to stand and walk. No matter how pushy it […]

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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 State University. The tailbone or coccyx, is located at the bottom […]

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The Thumb: the real hero of civilization

In paleo-anthropological circles it is well-known that the thumb was perfectly designed for picking up a club and hitting someone. It has even been proposed that this anatomical wonderment was the first sign of our potential civilisation; because of this itsy-bitsy protuberance we would get smarter. You see, if we could do the club thing […]

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The Funny Bone: it’s no laughing matter

Elbows are ugly. Let’s face it, they’re not the prettiest bones in your body. They’re pushy and pugnacious – delicately curtained off by a demure fall of wrinkly skin when not in use. And for good reason. An elbow has its own power and is ready to be put into aggressive action at a moment’s […]

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The Spine: an upright body of work

No other collection of bones has been more insulted than the spine. There is always something creeping up it, chilling it, tingling it – not to mention the accusation that it’s not there at all. It has alignment issues, curvature problems, and a habit of slipping bits of itself into awkward positions – usually without […]

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Hyperparathyroidism and Osteoporosis

The parathyroid glands are four small glands in the thyroid which control the calcium levels in the body: how much is absorbed from our diet, how much is secreted by the kidneys, and how much is stored in our bones. Although the parathyroid glands form part of the thyroid gland anatomically, they have no related […]

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Bony Stories: the history and signature in your bones

Bones are an odd piece of equipment really. They are very much with us while we’re alive, but they do tend to stick around for a long time after we’ve gone, leaving skeletal trails all over the place, sometimes in very inconvenient spots, such as the discovery of Cro-magnon man down some poor chap’s well […]

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OSTEOPOROSIS CASE STUDY: BETTIE CILLIERS (SOUTH AFRICA)

Whether you are already diagnosed with osteoporosis or you are unaware you are at risk, a fracture may well become a reality – sometimes caused by a simple misadventure that in a younger, stronger boned person would not cause a problem. Rehabilitating a fracture, especially if your bones are already compromised by osteoporosis can be […]

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