A 34-year-old member asked:
What is the difference between osteoporosis and osteoarthritis?
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Dr. Katherine Sutherlandanswered
Gynecology 45 years experience
Very different: Osteoporosis refers to thinning of the bones and generally affects the whole skeleton. It is a painless process unless a fracture occurs. Osteoarthritis refers to a painful joint disease due to narrowing of the joints so bone may be rubbing on bone. It may commonly affect the joints of the hips, knees, or hands.
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Dr. Michael Patneyanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Pain: Osteoporosis is a painless decrease in the minerals within bone causing it to lose density where arthritis is inflammation of a joint from any number of sources.
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Last updated Feb 25, 2014
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