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Osteopenia, osteoporosis or brittle bone disease--differences?

Osteopenia, osteoporosis or brittle bone disease--differences?

Genetic or not: Brittle bone disease is an inherited disorder of bone that is called osteogenesis imperfecta. Osteopenia and osteoporosis are disease of the bone where there is decrease density of the bone. This is associated with age, hormonal change, medications, smoking and other issues. Basically the bone cells are out of balance and take away more bone than they replace. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Collagen issue: Sounds more like a collagen issue. Unfortunately there not a treatment for poor collagen like there is for osteo-porosis. Still worth getting bone density, electrolytes, and hormones checked. (thyroid, para thyroid). ...Read more

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Are avulsion fractures similar to stress fractures?

Are avulsion fractures similar to stress fractures?

No: Avulsion fractures are when a section of bone is torn away from the main body of bone and still connected to the tendon. ...Read more

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How are Fosamax (alendronate) and femur fractures related?

How are Fosamax (alendronate) and femur fractures related?

2 answers: In patients who are truly at high risk for a hip fracture, Fosamax (alendronate) will decrease the risk of a fracture by 50%. However, in about 1 person in 1000-5000 there will be an increased risk because the medication is too strong. The current recommendation by many experts is to not use this type of medication for prevention unless you are high risk for a fracture. ...Read more

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Are stress fractures and compression fractures the same?

Are stress fractures and compression fractures the same?

Different: Stress fractures are classic overuse injuries, defined as when injury to tissue (in this case bone) is injured at a rate which exceeds the body's ability to heal or recover. Compression fractures usually result from an injury. ...Read more

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Can severe anemia and osteoporosis cause darker bones?

Can severe anemia and osteoporosis cause darker bones?

Darker bones: I might have answered this already - not sure. The simple answer is NO! but you need to carefully control your anemia and also have bone density testing. Treatment of anemia should not affect any medicine for osteoporosis if your health and lab bone data is OK ...Read more

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Where does osteoporosis cause bone fractures?

Where does osteoporosis cause bone fractures?

Spine & hips mostly: With osteoporosis, most any bone might be affected, but mostly fractures tend to occur in the spine and upper leg bones (hips). If you are a woman 65 years or older, or have other risk factors like being thin, check with your primary health provider to see about being screened for osteoporosis. A good source for proven prevention tips is an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Can osteocare heal bone fracture?

Can osteocare heal bone fracture?

I googled it: And found a supplement. Supplements are great for those who have deficiency in that area, but they dont add anything for most healthy individuals. Excess calcium ends up your .. Toilet. Not to say that there arent those who need calcium and vitamin supplements but the mechainsm of bone healing isnt influenced by unless there is a knowm metabolic issue or dietary deficiency. ...Read more

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Osteoarthritis of the knee. Can it cause fractures or make bones brittle?

Osteoarthritis of the knee. Can it cause fractures or make bones brittle?

Not usually...: Usually it is the other way around. Fractures involving a joint often lead to post traumatic osteoarthritis in that joint ...Read more

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Is craniotomy and elevation of fracture of skull bone done in depressed fractures.

Good question: 1. Depends on the extent of depression and compression on brain 2. Also depends on location: cosmesis, in front of hair line etc. 3. Also if there is associated soft tissue injury that is concerning, like a open laceration above the fracture. ...Read more

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How should vitamin d deficiency increase the risk of bone fracture?

Vit D nec for bones: Vitamin d and calcium are the necessary for bone health and the lack of either can contribute to osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How do wrist fractures occur in people with osteoporosis?

How do wrist fractures occur in people with osteoporosis?

With less energy: It takes less energy from falls to cause a wrist fracture in an osteoporotic person. Also, the fractures can be more "smashed" into pieces with ostoeporosis. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for osteoporosis, weak bones fractures, bone thinning?

Is there a natural cure for osteoporosis, weak bones fractures, bone thinning?

Nothing fast: Calcium and vitamin d and weight bearing exercise can strengthen bones. However, these treatments take a long time to improve bone health. If you have significant osteoporosis, they likely will not work fast enough to prevent fractures. There is no natural treatment that can rapidly treat osteoporosis. Hormone therapy in postmenopausal women can help, but most don't consider this natural. ...Read more

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Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause stress fractures?

Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause stress fractures?

Yes: Low-energy femoral shaft and subtrochanteric fractures have been reported in postmarketing experience. ...Read more

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Does osteopenia cause fractures in infants?

Does osteopenia cause fractures in infants?

Inadequate reserves : And increased loss .Deficiencies in calcium and phosphate and disturbed balance between them are frequently encountered, and may lead to significant impairment of bone deposition. Osteopenia of prematurity – also known as neonatal rickets, rickets of prematurity or neonatal metabolic bone disease – is a common and important concern in neonatology. ...Read more

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Can a radionuclide bone scan miss degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteopenia?

Can a radionuclide bone scan miss degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteopenia?

Yes: The bone scan shows areas of active bone deposition as "hot". Osteopenia won't be diagnosed as this denotes loss of bone density. Degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis may not be demonstrated if they are insufficient to cause a bone response (healing or what is medically called an osteoblastic response). ...Read more

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What causes severe bone loss in young adults? Was diagnosed with osteoporosis after several compression fractures

Many things: Hi. There are many things (and I mean MANY), genetic and acquired, that can cause osteoporosis and fracture in young people. You need a good endocrinologist. I know Lynn Kohlmeier, an endo in Spokane who's very good with metabolic bone disease. I suggest you see her, and bring all labs and data you have on your case. If a diagnosis is established, there may be things that can help bone health. ...Read more

Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

A condition in which bones ...Read more