Musculoskeletal

Thank You to Our Community for Engagement and Support at Osteoporosis Event

Thank you to all who came out to our latest event to discuss bone density screening (DXA or DEXA) and osteoporosis, including our world-class presenters, valued community members and many more featured in this quick video.

‘Conquering Osteoporosis in our Community’ Emphasizes the Importance of Community in Health Care

Last month, we brought our team of bone health experts together to address members of the community and discuss how bone health and osteoporosis shape patient care, research, and education at UCSF.

Jan’s Story: Conquering Osteoporosis at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute

Jan trusted Dr. Aenor Sawyer, founder and director the multidisciplinary Skeletal Health Service at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute, to diagnose and treat her osteoporosis after a fall. This is her story.

Diagnosing Osteoporosis with Regular DXA/DEXA Bone Density Screening

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) bone density scanning is the most accurate method available for the diagnosis of osteoporosis, as well as an accurate estimator of fracture risk.

From Outer Space to Planet Earth: Stronger Bones for Everyone

Dr. Thomas Lang’s UC San Francisco team has worked with researchers at UC Irvine and NASA to understand why bones deteriorate so quickly during space travel and what can be done to prevent it.

Solving the Mysteries of Back Pain, One Scan at a Time

UCSF's Sharmila Majumdar, PhD, uses radiology to solve the mystery of musculoskeletal degeneration and ease back pain.

Helping the Smallest Patients Overcome Juvenile Arthritis

Pediatric arthritis is a challenging disease to diagnose, but fortunately new treatments greatly lessen the disease and are offering new hope for children.

Putting Research to Work Before the Onset of Osteoarthritis

The number one cause of disability in older adults is osteoarthritis, which is caused when the ends of bones wear down over time. See how UC San Francisco's Dr. Thomas Link is studying the use of radiology to intervene early in osteoarthritis -- not just in the condition’s early stages, but before osteoarthritis starts.

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Pinpoints Individualized Treatments

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is an exciting new potential tool that can be added to and combined with many existing therapies to optimize patient care. 

UCSF Study Reveals Weight Loss Protects Knees

Obese people who lose a substantial amount of weight can significantly slow degeneration of cartilage in the knee, a common site of osteoarthritis in aging baby boomers, according to a new MRI study by Alexandra Gersing, M.D., and nine colleagues at the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco.

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