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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OSTEOPENIA AND OSTEOPOROSIS…

If, like me you had never heard of osteopenia then I will explain what this condition is. Web MD write that you should think of it as a midpoint between having healthy bones and having osteoporosis.

Osteopenia is when your bones are weaker than normal but not so far gone that they break easily, which is the hallmark of osteoporosis. Your bones are usually at their densest when you’re about 30. Osteopenia, if it happens at all, usually occurs after age 50. The exact age depends how strong your bones are when you’re young. If they’re hardy, you may never get osteopenia. If your bones aren’t naturally dense, you may get it earlier.

Osteopenia — or seeing it turn into osteoporosis for that matter — is not inevitable. Dietexercise, and sometimes medication can help keep your bones dense and strong for decades.

Recently I was asked to go for a bone scan to look for osteoporosis due to ongoing pain in both my hips, or at least that was what I thought the scan was for. The results came back that I have osteopenia and I have now been put on some medication and they are arranging for me to see a Physiotherapist to start some core strength and weight bearing exercises to avoid it turning into osteoporosis.

When I asked the GP if this was causing my hip pain she said there is no pain associated with osteopenia unless you break a bone. My GP then started asking me a few questions about my hip pain and asked me to pop over and see her. She is now 99% sure that I am suffering from bursitis and is referring me to an Orthopedic Consultant. So, from the pain clinic sending me for a bone scan for hip pain which showed osteopenia I now also have another problem with bursitis which I will cover in another post.

Ortho Atlanta explains about osteopenia and osteoporosis that while these diseases do have some similarities, there are also distinct differences between them. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Osteoporosis means “porous bones.” Bones that are porous, or less dense, are more likely to break. A person with osteoporosis may also walk with a stooped back. Osteopenia is considered a midway point to osteoporosis; the bone density is lower than normal but not as severe and treating it may slow the progression bone loss that leads to osteoporosis. Bone mineral density (BMD) measures the level of calcium in the bones. The lower this level is, the more likely a person is to sustain bone fractures. Osteoporosis and osteopenia are both diseases in which the bone density is low. 

Serious injuries can occur as a result of osteoporosis. Because persons diagnosed with osteoporosis have lost a lot of bone mass, their bones, more porous, and brittle, can fracture from something as simple as a sneeze or a minor fall. Fractures caused by osteoporosis most often occur in the spine. Known as vertebral compression fractures, fractures in the spine are almost twice as common as other fractures typically linked to osteoporosis, such as broken hips and wrists. Osteopenia isn’t quite as serious as osteoporosis because the bones aren’t as porous and measures can be taken to help prevent the onset of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can’t be reversed; however, it can be managed using the same treatments recommended for osteopenia. In addition to diet and exercise, there are medications the doctor may recommend to help prevent further bone loss.

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JOINT PAIN AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT…

As we get older we all suffer from joint pain. It can become quite a problem for many of us. For a number of years, herbalists have sworn by the effectiveness of rose hips for arthritic conditions. Eight out of ten osteoarthritis sufferers experienced less pain and stiffness after they took a wild rose hip preparation rich in compound called GOPO which is available from Superdrug, Amazon, Pharmacies and Health Food Stores.

Rose-hip is not only full of Vitamin C, but it’s also bursting with antioxidants, which are good for reducing inflammation in the body which is often the root cause of joint and arthritic pain. Studies have also shown that Vitamin C may be helpful in managing inflammation in the body.

Hot or cold therapy can help with joint pain as can acupuncture and regular massage. According to the Arthritis Foundation, regular massaging of arthritic joints can help reduce pain and stiffness and improve your range of motion.

Hydrotherapy is one of the oldest types of health treatments today and still occupies a major place in medicine throughout China, Japan and Europe. It is believed to have healing properties. It is particularly effective for reducing muscle pain, improving sleep disorders, increasing your mobility and reducing stiffness. Hydrotherapy UK says the only side effects are with any water-based activity, caution should be exercised to remain safe from drowning. Almost all hydrotherapy is carried out in pools more shallow than the height of the person using it. Hydrotherapy is a type of physical therapy which utilises water to create a therapeutic environment. It is used all around the world and is considered a valuable part of mainstream healthcare.

Another point is to become aware of your body positions. It’s good to avoid being in one position for a long time, or any posture that makes you feel stiff. It can help to avoid activities that need a tight grip or put too much pressure on your fingers. Try using equipment that helps to reduce stress on joints, such as easy-turn taps, a pick-up reacher and raised seats.

Try to maintain a healthy weight, as this helps to reduce stress on weight-bearing joints. It can lessen joint pain, and helps to avoid joint damage.

One activity which can cause significant arthritic pain, especially if the condition affects weight-bearing joints in your hips, knees or ankles, is going up and down the stairs in your home. So, take it easy if you are suffering from pain in your weight-bearing joints.

Turmeric is increasingly being used in formulas for back and arthritic problems. Many people report that turmeric can help, but it’s important to choose a high potency turmeric product. And recent studies have shown that turmeric may also help people with bloating and digestive discomfort.

Tumeric is safe to take long term and Nature’s Best have the High Potency capsules at 10,000 mg. We often see and read about different herbs that can help with pain and arthritis but not all of them come up to scratch. However my twin sister who suffers from severe inflammatory arthritis was in so much pain she felt it was worth a try.

After only 10 days of taking the Nature’s Best High Potency capsules she felt the benefits. Taking a sweater over her head was very painful and uncomfortable and yet she could easily take her sweater off after such a short period of being on Tumeric. She was so impressed that she rang me to tell me to try them.  Although some of my spinal problems are mechanical I do have arthritis in my facet joints.