뼈는 우리 몸을 지지하고 우리로 하여금 움직일 수 있게 합니다. 뼈는 대뇌, 심장 및 기타 장기들을 외부 손상으로부터 보호합니다. 우리 몸의 뼈는 또한 칼슘과 인 성분과 같은 미량 원소들을 저장하여 뼈의 단단함을 유지하고 다른 용도로 인체가 필요할 때 방출합니다. 뼈의 건강과 튼튼함을 여러 가지 방법으로 유지할 수 있습니다. 칼슘과 비타민 D가 풍부한 음식을 먹고 충분한 운동을 하며 건강한 생활 습관을 지니는 것이 건강한 뼈를 유지하는 데 도움이 됩니다. 그러나 우리가 올바르게 먹지 않고 정확한 운동을 충분히 하지 않으면 우리 몸의 뼈는 오히려 약해지고 심지어 망가질 수 있습니다. 부러진 뼈(일명 골절)는 통증이 심하고 때로는 외과수술을 해야 나을 수 있습니다. 이것은 또한
류마티스 관절염은 무엇인가요? 류마티스 관절염은 손목, 손, 발, 무릎, 척추 그리고 턱 등 관절에 주로 영향을 미치는 만성(지속성) 질환입니다. 류마티스 관절염은 다음과 같은 증상으로 이어지는 염증을 관절에 일으킵니다. 통증. 부기. 뻣뻣함. 기능 상실. 류마티스 관절염은 면역체계가 건강한 관절 조직을 공격하기 때문에 자가면역질환입니다. 보통, 면역체계는 감염과 질환으로부터 인체를 보호하는 데 도움을 줍니다. 류마티스 관절염은 평소와 달리 피로감을 느끼고, 이따금 열이 나며, 식욕을 상실하는 원인이 될 수 있습니다. 또한 심장, 폐, 혈액, 신경, 눈 그리고 피부에 다른 의학적 문제를 일으킬 수 있습니다. 치료를 통해 이 질환을 가진 사람들은 생산적인 생활을 영위하는 데 도움을 받을 수 있습니다.
What is osteopetrosis? Osteopetrosis is a rare disorder that causes bones to grow abnormally and become too dense. When this happens, bones can break easily. In addition, bones may be misshapen and large, causing other problems in the body, such as problems with: Seeing and hearing. Fighting infection. Controlling bleeding. Osteopetrosis is a genetic disease that a child inherits from their parents. The disorder may be mild to severe, and symptoms may show up early after birth or later in adulthood.
What is Paget’s disease? Paget’s disease of bone is a chronic (long-lasting) disorder that causes bones to grow larger and become weaker than normal. Usually only one or a few bones have the disease. Many people with Paget’s disease do not have symptoms. However, the bone changes can cause: Bone pain. Misshapen bones. Broken bones (fractures). Problems in the joints near the bones with the disease. With treatment, many people can: Manage their symptoms. Improve pain. Control the effects of the disease.
What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle. This increases your risk of broken bones (fractures). Osteoporosis is a “silent” disease because you may not have symptoms. You may not even know you have the disease until you break a bone. Breaks can occur in any bone but happen most often in: Hip bones. Vertebrae in the spine. Wrist. You can take steps to help prevent osteoporosis and broken bones by: Doing weight-bearing exercises, such as walking or dancing, and lifting weights. Not drinking too much alcohol. Quitting smoking, or not starting if
What is osteogenesis imperfecta? Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a disease that causes your bones to break (fracture) easily. OI is also called brittle bone disease. Your symptoms may be mild or severe, depending on the type of OI you have.
What is osteonecrosis? Your bones are made up of living cells that need a blood supply to stay healthy. In osteonecrosis, blood flow to part of a bone is reduced. This causes death of bone tissue, and the bone can eventually break down and the joint will collapse. Osteonecrosis can happen to any bone, but most often it develops in the ends of long bones, such as the: Thigh bone. Upper arm bone. Less often, the bones of the elbows, ankles, feet, wrists, and hands are affected. When the disease involves part of a bone in a joint, it can
What are growth plate injuries? The growth plate is the area of tissue near the ends of long bones in children and teens that determines what length and shape the bone will be once it is done growing. Each long bone— the thigh bone, the bones in the forearm, and the bones in the hands and fingers—has at least two growth plates, one at each end. Once your child has finished growing, the growth plates close and are replaced by solid bone. The growth plates are weak areas of your child’s growing skeleton, making it easier to injure them. Injuries
What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that mostly affects joints, such as the wrist, hands, feet, spine, knees, and jaw. In joints, RA causes inflammation that leads to: Pain. Swelling Stiffness. Loss of function. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder because the immune system attacks the healthy joint tissues. Normally, the immune system helps protect the body from infection and disease. RA may cause you to feel unusually tired, to have occasional fevers, and to have a loss of appetite. It also may cause other medical problems in the heart, lungs, blood, nerves, eyes
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The recent observance in May of National Arthritis Awareness Month offered us a chance to reflect on a sizable component of the NIAMS mission area. Arthritis impacts the lives of nearly 60 million Americans. However, a recent conversation with David Wilson, Ph.D., director of NIH’s Tribal Health Research Office, reminded me that arthritis hits some communities harder than others.
NIBIB-funded researchers are developing an implantable, biodegradable film that helps to regenerate the native cartilage at the site of damage. Their study, performed in rabbits, could be an initial, important step in the establishment of a new treatment for this common condition, osteoarthritis.
A recent 2-day NIH workshop aimed to better understand health disparities in caring for and treating people with osteoarthritis (OA) and the role played by social determinants of health. NIAMS, NIA and NIMHD sponsored the event.
What is arthritis? "Arthritis" literally means joint inflammation. Although joint inflammation is a symptom or sign rather than a specific diagnosis, the term arthritis is often used to refer to any disorder that affects the joints. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as your elbow or knee. There are different types of arthritis. In some diseases in which arthritis occurs, other organs, such as your eyes, heart, or skin, can also be affected. Fortunately, current treatments allow most people with arthritis to lead active and productive lives.
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.