Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become more porous (less solid and less dense), which gradually makes them weaker and more brittle. "Osteo" means bone, and "porosis" means porous.
Bones affected by osteoporosis:
- Do not have enough solid calcium and phosphorus, and steadily lose their supporting protein framework
- Become thinner and more fragile than normal
- Break more easily, particularly the spine, hip, and wrist
Here are some reliable sources that can provide more information on osteoarthritis.
Arthritis Foundation Services
Arthritis Foundation(national office)
- Arthritis Self-Help Course (ASHC)
A 6 week [15-hour] class that teaches people how to take control of their own care.
Here are definitions of medical terms related to osteoarthritis.
Acupuncture: Ancient Chinese technique that uses needles to pierce specific areas of the body along nerve pathways. Acupuncture may be used to relieve pain, induce anesthesia, or serve as a treatment for certain diseases.
Arthrodesis: Surgical fusion of a joint. The joint becomes stiff after the surfaces of the joint are removed and the bone ends are united.
Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to osteoarthritis.
Here are some frequently asked questions related to osteoarthritis.
Q: Will a change of diet improve my osteoarthritis?
Even after a diagnosis of osteoarthritis, individuals can continue to lead a full and active life.
In addition to various self-treatments such as exercise and medical treatments such as injections into a joint, other measures can be taken to live with OA. These measures include:
Successful treatment programs are tailored to meet the needs of the individual.
By treating arthritis early and following a well-designed treatment plan, you can:
Depending on the joint affected, people with osteoarthritis may experience specific symptoms in the joints such as:
Despite years of research, no one has a simple answer to this question. Many factors probably cause the initial cartilage damage that sets off the destructive process. It remains a mystery why particular joints are affected by osteoarthritis (OA) if they have not suffered any previous injury or disease.