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Doctor insights on: Osteoporosis Vs Osteoarthritis

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition where the bone is weakened, and can be managed or treated rather than cured. This is usually performed by dietary modifications, ingestion of supplemental calcium, vitamin d and a class of agents notice the bisphosphonates. These are usually delivered via oral or intramuscular injection on a weekly or monthly ...Read more


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What is the difference between osteoporosis and osteoarthritis?

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. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between osteoarthritis & osteoporosis?

What is the main difference between osteoarthritis & osteoporosis?

Bone structure: Osteoporosis is thinning of the bone which can lead to fractures from minor falls. Osteoarthritis is wearing of the cartilage on the end of the bone which leads to pain and disability. ...Read more

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My mother is 52, eats healthy, healthy weight. she has osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. can she excersize and lift weights. what can we for the pain?

My mother is 52, eats healthy, healthy weight.  she has osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. can she excersize and lift weights. what can we for the pain?

Osteoporosis: She needs to discuss the various treatments with the doctor based on her DEXA bone scan and history related to Osteoporosis, etc. She would certainly benefit on starting at least a low impact exercise program. Have her Calcium and 25 OH-Vit D level done to let the Dr. make the best decisions on her treatment regimen. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will my sister have osteoporosis &or have osteoarthritis? Shes 40s.If my mom has it .Shes smoker nonactive, diet poor&has joint bone pain right side.

Will my sister have osteoporosis &or have osteoarthritis? Shes 40s.If my mom has it .Shes smoker nonactive, diet poor&has joint bone pain right side.

Probably yes: Our health is determined by a combination of genetics ; lifestyle factors. Since your mom has it you are both at increased risk but a healthy diet ; lifestyle can still minimize that risk. Being sedentary, smoking ; poor diet all increase risk so the odds are quite high she will get these- she may already have them! see http://bit.Ly/1a48ofs ; http://bit.Ly/1a2dbdw. ...Read more

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Disuse osteoporosis with bony resorption. What are the ramifications of this osteoarthritis both legs n meniscus tear so i'm in a wheelchair 60% time?

Disuse osteoporosis with bony resorption. What are the ramifications of this osteoarthritis both legs n meniscus tear so i'm in a wheelchair 60% time?

Confusing diagnosis: Disuse osteopenia/osteoporosis can certainly occur secondary to prolonged non-weight-bearing of your lower extremities. It is confusing to me as to why you're in a wheelchair. If you are in a wheelchair 60% of the time, does that mean you're full or partial weight-bearing 40% of the time? The meniscus tear should also not necessitate a wheelchair. I'm confused as to why you utilize a wheelchair. ...Read more

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Can osteoporosis be treated?

Can osteoporosis be treated?

Osteoporosis treat: Osteoporosis can be treated. At your age it would be unusual to go right to a prescription unless it was severe, you already had fractures, or other medical conditions you might have. For most people your age, a good diet and exercise will go a long way towards good bone health. ...Read more

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How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Bone density testing: The best test is a bone density test (known as a dxa scan). This painless test measures the density of your bones. Your doctor uses this test to predict the risk of bone fracture in the future. Sometimes a spine or hip xray can show fractures of your spine/vertebra which can indicate undiagnosed osteoporosis but usually the first test is the dxa scan. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

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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