Back PainBack pain is one of the most common medical problems in the United States. It can range from a dull, constant ache to sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move.
FibromyalgiaDoctors don't yet know the exact causes of fibromyalgia. Find out more about this muscle-pain & fatigue causing chronic disorder.
Fibrous DysplasiaWhat is fibrous dysplasia? It happens when healthy bone is replaced with other types of tissue. Bones may become weak or oddly shaped, or they may even break.
Growth Plate InjuriesInjuries to the growth plate happen when a break or fracture develops near or at the end of a long bone.
Hip Replacement SurgeryHip replacement surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of a hip joint and replaces them with new, artificial parts.
Marfan SyndromeWhat is Marfan syndrome? It is a disorder that affects connective tissue, which supports many parts of your body. Marfan syndrome is often a genetic disease.
Osteogenesis ImperfectaOsteogenesis imperfecta is a genetic disease, also called brittle bone disease, that causes bones to be weak and break easily.
OsteonecrosisWhat is osteonecrosis? Osteonecrosis is a bone disease in which the bone begins to die and collapse. Find out the symptoms and goals of treatment.
OsteopetrosisWhat is osteopetrosis? It is a rare disorder that causes bones to grow abnormally and become too dense. When this happens, bones can break easily.
OsteoporosisWhat is osteoporosis? It is a disease in which your bones become weak and are more likely to break. There are no symptoms until a bone breaks.
Paget’s Disease of BoneWhat is Paget’s disease? It is a disorder that causes bones to grow too large and weaken. You can have Paget’s disease in any bones in your body.
Scoliosis in Children and TeensWhat is scoliosis? It is a disorder causing a sideways curve of the spine. Curves are often S- or C-shaped. In most people, there is no known cause for this curve.
Spinal StenosisWhat is spinal stenosis? It is the narrowing of the spine. This narrowing puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and can cause pain.
Sports InjuriesSports injuries are injuries that happen when playing sports or exercising. There are two kinds of sports injuries: acute and chronic.
Selected Research Areas
Clinical and Investigative Orthopedics Surgery UnitLed by Dr. Timothy Bhattacharyya, the unit investigates orthopedic conditions, including femur fractures and hip infections, and related treatments.
Laboratory of Muscle Stem Cells and Gene RegulationLed by Dr. Vittorio Sartorelli, the lab studies mechanisms that regulate specification, differentiation, and regeneration of skeletal muscle cells.
Muscle Disease SectionLed by Dr. Andrew Mammen, the unit researches human muscle diseases, as well the basic biology of skeletal muscle regeneration.
Muscle and Bone Disease News
Spotlight on Research | May 25, 2022
Discussing Bone, Muscle, Skin, & Autoimmune Diseases: Info for American Indians, Alaska Natives - audio
A conversation between Dr. David R. Wilson, director of the NIH Tribal Health Research Office, and Dr. Lindsey A. Criswell, director of NIAMS, about information and resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives related to bone, muscle, skin, and autoimmune diseases.
Press Release | July 27, 2020
Fewer hip fractures may be associated with reductions in smoking, heavy drinking
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Press Release | March 31, 2020
NIH researchers discover gene for rare disease of excess bone tissue growth
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