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A 46-year-old member asked:

can you reverse bone loss at 80?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Very difficult: You've asked a great question. In general, after age 21-25, the body only loses bone. Most of our osteoporosis medications inhibit additional loss of bone, but by inhibiting the resorption of bone, we also inhibit any new formation. A number of new medications have good initial results showing more bone formation, but they need more time to prove their value.
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Prevent + Build: There are medciations that can improve bone loss in osteoporosis. Most medication prevent bone loss but studies also show improvement - especially with terapartide, a known anabolic agent, but also with Prolia and bispohosphonates both orally and injection. Your physician will be able to judge which is best for you.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Unlikely: Once there is bone loss, it is difficult to "regrow" the bone that was lost.

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How does abone scanwork?

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Dr. Robert Donato
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Radioactive "dye": A bone scan is usually used to assess the whole skeleton for cancer spread, to look at specific bone sites for fracture or for bone infections. The patient receives an injection of a radiolabeled substance that is mostly incorporated in to areas of high bone turnover. A camera to detect the radioactive decay then acts to count the amount of activity. Areas of high decay are more fully evaluated.
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Can all osteoporosis medications build bone?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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No: Not all osteoporosis drugs "build bone." some medications will slow down the breakdown of bone while others will actually build bone. Talk to your doctor about which one is appropriate for you.
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What is the most fragile bone in the body?

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Dr. Charles Southerland
Podiatry 38 years experience
Pinky toe: Although it may not be structurally the most "fragile" bone in the body, the most often broken bone in the body is the 5th (or pinky) toe. In some sports, like sailing, the pinky toe is broken in 50% of athletes who are involved in the sport for more than 2 years.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How is bone lengthening accomplished?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Simple steps: Cut the bone all the way. Insert distraction system on the bone to include above and below and start distract the bone every day about 1 millimeter up to tell you the length you want.
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What bone disease do older people tend to get?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Several: Osteoporosis, osteomalacia, paget's disease.

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