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Bones & Joints

Learn about common disorders of the bones and joints that your primary care doctor may treat in the office. Your doctor may also refer you to a rheumatologist or an orthopedic surgeon for the evaluation and treatment of some of these conditions.

If you do not see a topic of interest to you, please try the A to Z listing of health conditions.


recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Hip Fracture
Hip Replacement Surgery
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Osteotomy for osteoarthritis

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I have a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) test to diagnose osteoporosis?
Should I have hip replacement surgery?
Should I have knee replacement surgery?
Should I see a chiropractor to treat low back pain?
Should I take bisphosphonate medications for osteoporosis?

action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Exercises to reduce low back pain
Exercising with osteoarthritis
Lifting properly to prevent back injury
Taking calcium for osteoporosis
tests & procedures

Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Arthroscopy
Bone Mineral Density
Bone Scan
Extremity X-Ray
Joint Fluid Analysis
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Body
Physical exam and history

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

RELATED TOPICS
Back Problems and Injuries
Chronic Pain
Fitness
Herniated Disc
Knee Problems and Injuries
Menopause and Perimenopause
Toe, Foot, and Ankle Injuries
Toe, Foot, and Ankle Problems, Noninjury
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

Arthritis Foundation
MEDLINEplus—Bones, Joints, and Muscles
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Osteoporosis Foundation
Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases-National Resource Center
Your Orthopedic Connection

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

Last modified on: 30 June 2015


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