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Osteopenia and osteoporosis are both conditions of decreased bone density. The difference between osteopenia and osteoporosis lies in the degree of severity.

Osteopenia is defined as significant loss of bone mass. Generally, no symptoms are associated with osteopenia.

A diagnosis of osteopenia is important mainly because people who have osteopenia are at risk of develop osteoporosis in the future if their bone loss continues to worsen.

Osteoporosis is a disease where the bones have become significantly brittle so that people in this group are at very high risk for debilitating bone fractures such as hip fractures and compression fractures of the bones in the spine called vertebrae.

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. Osteoporosis often was thought to be a condition of frail elderly women develop.

Osteoporosis leads to literally abnormally porous bone that is more compressible like a sponge, that dense as a brick. This disorder of the skeleton weakens the bone leading to an increased risk of breaking bones (fractures).

A broken bone can really affect a woman’s life. It can cause disability, pain or loss of independence. It may make it more difficult to do daily activities without assistance, such as walking.

Despite its name, DDD is not considered a disease, nor is it progressively degenerative.

On the contrary, disc degeneration is often the effect of natural daily stresses and minor injuries that cause spinal discs to gradually lose water as the annulus, or the rigid outer shell of a disc, weakens.

As discs weaken and lose water, they begin to collapse. This can result in pressure being put on the nerves in the spinal column, causing pain and weakness.

 

Getting OLD really SUCKS!

Degeneration of one or more intervertebral disc(s) of the spine, often called “degenerative disc disease” (DDD) or “degenerative disc disorder,” is a condition that can be painful and can greatly affect the quality of one’s life.

Disc degeneration is a disease of aging, and though for most people is not a problem, in certain individuals a degenerated disc can cause severe chronic pain if left untreated.

With symptomatic degenerative disc disease, chronic low back pain sometimes radiates to the hips, or there is a pain in the buttocks or thighs while walking; sporadic tingling or weakness through the knees, hands, and fingers may also be evident.

Until you have really experienced low back pain, you will never know or understand how painful it can be to someone else, who may have it frequently or all the time.

For the majority of the people, pain at the lower back is the dilemma.

They acquire this problem more frequently, and it recurs even after getting the treatment.

This is also a reality that the pain at the lower back is the leading medical condition with which the patients come to a doctor and take the treatment from the clinics and emergency department.

 

A common ailment that is found throughout the world is back pain. The vast majority of people in the world will experience some form of back pain in their lives whether it is chronic pain or just the occasional twinge.

It has been estimated that 9 out of 10 adults will have back pain in their lifetime – it is also the fifth most common reason that people in the US visit a doctor.

The spine is hugely important part of the body and suffering from problems with your back can also result in feeling extremely uncomfortable and unable to move with ease.

Did you know that Arthritis is one of the most disabling diseases?

Arthritis currently affects more than 40 million Americans and that figure is expected to rise to 60 million by the year 2,020.

Arthritis: What it Is

Basically, Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. There are currently over 100 forms of Arthritis and remarkably, that number continues to rise.

The most common forms of Arthritis include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Gout.

Osteoarthritis is the result of degenerative joint disease, or simply “wear and tear” on the joints.

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