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- Many of my patients who experience joint pain tend to misdiagnosis themselves with osteoporosis, but are unaware that what actually causes them pain is osteoarthritis
Video: What Is The Difference Between Osteoporosis And Osteoarthritis? By Dr. Daniel Linares
Many of my patients who experience joint pain tend to misdiagnosis themselves with osteoporosis, but are unaware that what actually causes them pain is osteoarthritis
The difference between these two diseases is very significant and should never be confused since the only thing that is similar is the name.
Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of non-inflammatory joints, that is, caused by aging. These tend to start at the base of the thumb and knees, where the patient complains of months and months of pain that tends to slowly get worse. There are other arthritis but these are known as inflammatory, which we will briefly mention.
Another common arthritis, especially in women, is autoimmunity: the white blood cells that are the natural defenses of our body mistakenly attack the tissues of our joints as if it were a bacteria or a virus, this is what happens in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Sjorgens syndrome, etc.
Arthritis due to the deposition of toxic substances such as gout is prevented by reducing the consumption of foods rich in uric acid such as sausages and shellfish and taking drugs that favor their elimination, such as allopurinol, while autoimmune arthritis cannot be prevented since its cause is not all known.
While within rheumatic diseases osteoporosis is the most frequent disease of the skeleton and, contrary to popular belief, osteoporosis does not cause any symptoms or pain; it only makes the bones more fragile and with a slight fall a great fracture is suffered.
The osteoporosis is the loss of structure and strength of the human skeleton. In this disease, the bones progressively weaken, causing spontaneous fractures of the vertebrae, hips and even the ribs, but the reality is that the patient does not suffer from pain. For you women over 50, ask your doctor for a “Dexa Scan” to see the density of your bones and see if you have osteoporosis. But start taking calcium and vitamin D now. Instead, osteoarthritis is degeneration of the joints causing pain that in many cases is severe, and attacking joints such as the knees, hips, and the base of the thumb. If you suspect that it may be osteoarthritis, ask your doctor for x-rays, it is the best test to diagnose.