Osteoarthritis is a “wear and tear” disease of the joints that causes joint pain, stiffness and swelling. It is a condition which affects the bone, cartilage, ligaments, and muscles, and can lead to a deformity and bony changes in the joint.
Usually, symptoms come on slowly but get worse over time. Osteoarthritis may occur in any joint but is most seen in the hip, knee, and small joints of the hand. It is more common in older people but can affect younger people as well. The symptoms vary from person to person and can include persistent pain and problems with joint movement.
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Osteoporosis is a metabolic disease of the bone where the bones become less dense, lose their strength, and can lead to a greater risk of fractures. Throughout our lives we constantly have new bones tissue replace old bone tissue and bone is constantly being renewed.
Unfortunately for people with osteoporosis, more and more bone is lost and not replaced causing bones to become brittle and more likely to break.
Osteoporosis is pain free and is often unknown to the person until they suffer a broken bone from a minor bump or fall. Fractures are most common in the spine, hip, or wrist.
The most common posture people associate with osteoporosis is a curved upper back or kyphosis and this occurs when the upper back vertebrae fracture by “crushing down” at the front causing a wedging of the vertebrae also know as a crush fracture.
>Please go to our Osteoporosis ebook for more information about diagnosis, treatment and how exercise and physiotherapy can help you.