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Osteoporosis (not to be confused with Osteoarthritis) is the 12th leading cause of death in older women. It is a disease that gradually weakens bones making them increasingly more porous, brittle and likely to break. It's effects are felt most in the spine, wrist and hip. There are 250,000 hip fractures per year; and one out of five people suffering hip fractures will die within a year of their fracture. The good news is that with new technology we can measure your BMD, detect Osteoporosis before you break your bones, and prevent them from breaking. Osteoporosis is not an inevitable part of aging. Even if you have broken a bone, it can now be effectively treated.

Hip Arthritis

Hip arthritisHip arthritis often leads to a significant impairment in the quality of life. The ability to walk, work and live pain free can be adversely affected. Approximately 43 million Americans suffer from arthritis and many of them are affected in the hip joint.

Knee Arthritis

Knee arthritisKnee arthritis affects millions of people each year. It is usually a progressive disease leading to joint pain, stiffness, limitation of activity, and a decrease in the quality of life. Knee arthritis can result from injury, from surgery to remove part or all the meniscus cartilage, and can also be a part of the normal aging process. There are two basic forms of arthritis: degenerative osteoarthritis and systemic arthritis. Both forms develop differently and attack the joint in different ways.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that may affect many joints throughout the body. It causes changes in the cartilage structure that lead to its breakdown. Over time, complete loss of articular cartilage (on the ends of the bones) can occur. Changes in the underlying bone and cartilage loss can result in joint space narrowing, peripheral osteophytes (bone spurs), loss of motion, pain, and disability. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic disease that affects the lining of all joints in the body. It causes an inflammatory response in the joint lining which destroys the articular cartilage and surrounding tissues. In general, the treatment of hip and knee arthritis involves activity modification, exercises, and treatment with anti-inflammatory medications. The use of assist devices such as canes, crutches or walkers can also be helpful. Occasionally surgical reconstruction such as total hip or knee replacement is necessary.

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