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Vanessa Gabrovsky Cuéllar, MD
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Strong bones are essential to your health and quality of life. They support our body, protect our heart, lungs and brain from injury, and are the framework for muscles that allows us to move. They’re also a storehouse for life-supporting minerals.
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The growth plate, also known as the epiphyseal plate or physis, is the area of growing tissue near the ends of the long bones in children and adolescents. The growth plate is the weakest part of your child's growing skeleton; injuries that would cause a sprain in an adult are more likely to cause a bone fracture in a child. If you suspect your child has a bone injury, it’s important to get prompt orthopedic treatment to make sure their bones receive the proper care to heal and continue to grow normally.
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Stress fractures differ from fractures that result from a traumatic event like a fall. A stress fracture is an overuse injury, more common in endurance athletes or those who engage in repetitive, high-impact activities.
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Everyone who watches sports has heard of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. In fact, the ACL is the most commonly injured ligament in the knee. A torn ACL can be immediately disabling, and patients often describe hearing or feeling a “pop” when the injury occurs.
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Osteoporosis is a condition in which you lose too much bone mass, make too little new bone tissue, or both. About 54 million Americans already have osteoporosis or low bone mass (osteopenia), a condition that increases your risk for osteoporosis.
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According to the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, musculoskeletal diseases affect more than half of people over 18, and nearly three quarters of people 65 and over. Trauma, back pain and arthritis are the three most common musculoskeletal conditions.
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The tibia, or shinbone, is the most common long bone in the body to fracture.
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Whether you’re sitting still or moving about, it’s important to have good posture. Poor posture can decrease flexibility, mobility and balance, increase your risk for falls and even make it more difficult to digest and breathe comfortably!
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Any of the 27 bones in either hand can suffer a fracture. People often place their hands in front of them to brace for a fall or blow, resulting in injury to the hand.
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Basketball, tennis and football are the sports most commonly associated with Achilles tendon ruptures in the United States, but they occur frequently in other sports and activities as well.
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