Word from Greek Origin
Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones.”
Osteoporosis is the result of bone loss that occurs silently and progressively creating a fragile skeleton that puts one at risk for breaking a bone or having a fracture.
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It graphically demonstrates bone loss over time that causes deterioration of the bone structure leading to susceptibility for fractures.
Differs from Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis affects the bones of the skeleton not the joints. The degenerative problem involving your joints is called “osteoarthritis.” In contrast to osteoarthritis that may be associated with pain as a main feature, osteoporosis is a silent process unless a fracture occurs.