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Pain Due to Osteoporosis

12/15/2008

Question:

My 52 year old mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis 2 years ago. She has acute pain in her legs especially in the joints. Sometimes the pain is severe that it makes her really hard to walk too. She is on medications prescribed by her doctor. My parents are going for a trip out of state or a week. Can you suggest some tips she needs to take to make her whole trip pain free or at least comfortable. Apart form exercises what other things can she do to relieve the pain on a daily basis? Thanks.

Answer:

Your mother should have X-rays of the knees to rule out degeneration (arthritis) of the knee cartilage. If that is the case (very possible at her age), she would benefit from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications if there are no contraindications to their use.

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Response by:

Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University