Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of bone joints and underlying tissues, whereas, osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass and tissues which are not limited only to the joints that increases the risk of fractures.
Osteoarthritis is a painful condition which reduces mobility and function. But osteoporosis is a painless condition and is often termed a ‘silent disease’ because the condition becomes painful only when someone experiences a broken bone. A (2013) study that analysed the relationship between osteoarthritis and osteoporosis found both are inversely related to one another which means an increased risk of osteoarthritis decreases the chance of osteoporosis. However, this might not be applicable to all cases globally.
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