Our expert says:
Firstly- remember, there is a huge difference between osteo-arthritis and osteoporosis. Osteo-arthritis affects the joints and occur in most of us as we age- especially if you were quite active and sporty. It is basically the normal "wear and tear "changes we experience as we age. It can be worse in people with a family history.
Osteoporosis affects the density of the bones, making it more susceptible to fractures.
It sound as if you have osteo-arthritis (pain and stiffness in the joints.
Please make an appointment at the Arthritis Clinic of your local Provincial Hospital. They can do the necessary tests and also refer you for a bone density scan. I think there is a scanner at Wits and at the Joburg General.
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