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Appendicular Skeleton Disorders
Question-results of a total body bone scan- the remainder of the axial and appendicular skeleton is without increase in activity. What is the meaning?
Is rickets curable? I was suffering from disease rickets, but skeleton deformities was not recover. At this age (23) is it curable?
Not as an adult : Rickets by definition is a disease of growing bones. It can be accompanied by a condition known as osteomalacia which is a failure to normally mineralize bone. If you have bone deformity as an adult from rickets as a child it is unlikely that it will ever fully correct. However, you can still improve your bone health by treating the osteomalacia. This may require calcium, phosphorus, and or vitamin d depending on the cause of the rickets. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will I eventually need aggressive treatment for Graves Disease because I'm very symptomatic and look like a skeleton?
You need: treatment, not necessarily aggressiveGet a more detailed answer ›
Could you please tell me if Ostoporosis affects the whole of the skeleton or just certain parts. Thanks?
Osteoporosis: is most noted in the larger bones like hips/spine but will affect the whole skeletal system. ...Read more
Depends on age: The skull is composed with an elaborate collection of growth centers that essentially push away from each other as the skull volume increases with age. By the age of 9 most of the suture lines of the skull start to fuse & there is little added increase.Since the adolescence growth spurt occurs in the mid to late teens, there will be a point where u grow taller but your head is done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Saw paralyzed man walking with artificial skeleton at berkeley graduation. Will that help more people?
Yes: Until we find a cure for paralysis which still seems to be a long way off, these "exoskeletons" will become more and more available for less cost and more widespread use. As a rehab doctor., I am really looking forward to the day when we can prescribe these devices more extensively. I think they will change lives for the better. ...Read more
I'm 20. I have 6ft 1in height but having the skinny and skeleton body. What should I do to get a good muscular look like everyone have. Please help.
What is the lowest T-score on the osteo scoring chart? Can the whole skeleton just crumble? I am terrified with my scores and am being left too long.
It can: It does affect the entire skeleton but areas of more stress or use show the changes more and also are more significant with regard to function. It is important to have the tests done and a visit to your provider to determine what type of osteoporosis and what type of calcium , vit D parathyroid hormone levels sex hormones etc are involved in preventing or stabilizing it ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Your body type: We classify patients as endomorph, mesomorph or ectomorph. The latter are those who tend to eat whatever they want and yet don't gain any weight. The good news is that you're eating healthy. But are you eating enough healthy calories? If you need to expend 3, 500 calories to lose a pound of weight, that means you need to consume an extra 3, 500 calories to gain that pound. Ask doc to check thyroid. ...Read more
Does having a "large frame" mean that their skeleton weighs more than someone with a small frame?
One way to put it: That is a very succinct way of stating it. Typically you will notice larger overall bone structure if not general size as well. Think of a small dog like a yorkshire terrier compared to a st. Bernard. Look at wrist size, shoulder and hip width, etc. ...Read more
Pressure and density: Bone tissue is constantly changing. As pressure changes (weight bearing and exercise) the bone will change density to accommodate it. Lack of weight bearing will cause the bone to "thin out" ...Read more
Yes: Any type of joint involvement can affect the movement of the body. As the muscles pivot along with the joints, joint impairment can lead to loss of normal function. The Musculoskeletal function of the body is fine tuned. Any impairment of joints, muscles, tendons, or bursas can affect the total function ...Read more
Most of the time: The most common cause of scoliosis is 'idiopathic scoliosis' and has absolutely nothing to do with quality of skin. However there are a host of other causes for scoliosis in a minority of cases such as neoplastic, infectious, degenerative, neuromuscular and inflammatory to name a few and these may in some cases cause associated skin abnormalities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a bone scan done recently I'm trying to see what results mean the findings say homogenous uptake throughout skeleton seen what does it mean?
Homogenous = normal: The term "homogenous" means something similar to consistent or equal. If there is homogenous uptake throughout the skeleton it means there are no abnormal areas of "high uptake" or "hot spots" such as bone cancers. Therefore, homogenous uptake in the skeleton is considered normal. Still, have a discussion with the doctor who ordered the scan as they will have a better understanding of your case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm running a marathon and am having a lot of trouble keeping weight on. Any tips for healthy foods that keep my levels up? I weight between 120-125 and am nearly 5'9. I'm trying to maintain and not look like a skeleton!
nutritionist: Seek the help of a nutritionist and / or dietition. This way you get custom plan based on your specific needs. You may already have a high metabolic rate. You must consume more calories than you burn to gain, equal to maintain. The type (protein/carb/fat) is also a factor. Weight training will also help maintain muscle mass. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer