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Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis are both common conditions in the elderly but their association has long remained obscure. Recently published studies show that patients with osteoarthritis have higher bone mass but no corresponding decrease in fracture risk. This has been proposed to be due to an increased rate of falls in these patients. Multi-disciplinary interventions, vitamin D supplementation and bisphosphonates can play a role on preventing fractures among osteoarthritis patients, but evidence on their efficacy is scarce and of poor quality.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.medcli.2013.01.036

Type

Journal article

Journal

Medicina clinica

Publication Date

09/2013

Volume

141

Pages

217 - 220

Addresses

Grup de Recerca GREMPAL, Unitat de Suport a la Recerca Barcelona, Institut d'Investigació en Atenció Primària (IDIAP) Jordi Gol, Barcelona, España.

Keywords

Humans, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Fractures, Spontaneous, Disease Susceptibility, Diphosphonates, Vitamin D, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee, Risk, Accidental Falls, Bone Density, Aged, Middle Aged, Female, Male, Bone Density Conservation Agents, Fractures, Bone