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Osteoarthritis Bone Crackling
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
Big difference: Bone spurs occur at the margins of the joint while osteoarthritis is a degeneration of the cartilage surfaces in the joint. Bone spurs are normally harbingers of osteoarthrits although it is possible to have oa without bone spur formation. It is unclear exactly why bone spurs form around arthritic joints. It is uncommon to develop bone spurs around non arthritic joints. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does osteoarthritis cause bone pain or is it the deformation of bone pressing on nerves that cause pain?
What should I do after being diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and severe osteoarthritis with bone fusion?
Depends on symptonms: It depends on the symptoms you have. As a general rule, if you have more back pain, your surgeon will likely recommend a more conservative treatment (pt , medication). If you have more leg pain, nerve compression on the mri, and have failed conservative treatment, surgery may be an option. I would take the advice from the doctor who gave you this diagnosis. If not comfortable, get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more
Is there any connection to long term (over 10 years) use of opioids and osteoarthritis, bone degeneration?
Let me explain: The chronic abuse of opioid drugs may be associated with altered bone metabolism and reduced trabecular bone mass, attributable, at least in part, to gonadal deficiency. These alterations seem reversible after drug discontinuation. ...Read more
If I have sever osteoarthritis in both my knees almost bone on bone. If i glucosamine at this point would it help?
Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Simply stated it is wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs and deformity may ensue. And ...Read more
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