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Although often confused, Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis are very different conditions. The following information is intended to help differentiate the two and offer a better understanding of what they both entail when it comes to causes, symptoms and treatment options.
Osteoporosis (Osteo = bone, Porosis = pourous)
Osteoporosisis a bone disease which refers to the actual weakening of the bone itself, including mineral density and quality of the tissue.Specifically, osteoporosis is caused by the decalcification of the bone leaving it weak and prone to breakage. A person suffering from this may not necessarily pose any symptoms of pain or discomfort until a bone is actually fractured or broken. Osteoporosis is known to develop as the body ages and is present earliest and most commonly in women than men.
Osteoporosis can be diagnosed by conducting a bone density test. This is a simple and painless procedure that measures the amount (or thickness) of bone in the spine and hip.Once diagnosed, it is important to remember that although physical limitations may be prevalent, many people living with osteoporosis manage their symptoms in ways that allow living full and active lives.
A patient with osteoporosis is actually no longer a candidate for chiropractic adjustments but would best rather benefit from assisted therapies including weight-bearing exercises and walking. This low-impact exercise regime allows the bones to re-absorb calcium to re-build and maintain sufficient strength. Nutritional supplement is also very helpful with proper direction.
Osteoarthritis (Osteo = bone, Arth = joint, Itis = inflammation)
Osteoarthritis is a very common form of arthritis. It is a degenerative joint disease that involves thinning and deterioration of the cartilage between the bones caused by normal wear and tear, ageing, excess weight, family history or prolonged inactivity of the joints. This, in turn, can also cause physical changes to the bone itself. Osteoarthritis produces pain and reduces range of motion in the affected joints.Osteoarthritis may also develop due to the growth of a bone spur where the surrounding muscle and tissue can also wear and become more rigid. As the smooth cartilage wears, the ends of the bone begin to rub against each other causing much friction and pain and can also onset the sensation of cracking or grinding (crepitation) during movement.
The most commonly affected areas are the hips, knees, fingers, feet and spine and symptoms can quite often be over looked. Although an x-ray does not show the condition of the cartilage, the position of the bones and spaces between the joints can clearly indicate degeneration.
Unfortunately, osteoarthritis cannot be cured but there are many treatment options available for pain management. Beginning treatment as early as possible is key to helping reduce long-term damage of the bones and joints that connect them. Gentle manipulative hands-on treatments along with assisted weight-bearing exercises are used to decrease compression and rebuild strength to the supporting tissues surrounding the spine. Monitored intake of complementary nutrients and herbal extracts will also be helpful in reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Whether you suffer from symptoms of osteoporosis or osteoarthritis Synergy Rehab & Physiotherapy Centre can offer a great deal of alleviation and support. While there is no cure, our professionals understand that intricate therapy and attention can assist sufferers in maintaining a fulfilling lifestyle with as little pain and disruption as possible.