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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




Journal article


Medicina clinica

Publication Date





217 - 220


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


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