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What can help relieve the pain of osteoporosis?

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Pain medicine and other therapies can help. Options include:

  • Aspirin or acetaminophen (Actamin, Anacin AF, Tylenol).
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines. Examples are ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) and naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn).
  • Opioid pain medicines, such as codeine or morphine are available by prescription. However, doctors may discourage you from staying on these potent medicines.
  • Physical therapy

From: Osteoporosis: An Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: "The Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis: What It Means to You."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Low Back Pain" and "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures."

Chad Deal, MD, head, Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease, Cleveland Clinic. Deal reports serving as an advisor, consultant or speaker for Amgen and Lilly, which make osteoporosis drugs.

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Moving Safely;" "Calcium/Vitamin D," "What Is Osteoporosis," "Recovering from Broken Bones;" "Factors to Consider When Choosing a Treatment;" "About Osteoporosis: Bone Health Basics;" "Why Healthy Living is Important;" "Factors That Put You At Risk;" "Vitamin D and Bone Health; "Diagnosing Osteoporosis;" and "Fast Facts."

Sherri Betz, PT, physical therapist, Santa Cruz, Ca.; chair, American Physical Therapy Association Bone Health Special Interest Group.

Lenchik, L. , October 2004. American Journal of Roentgenology

National Institutes of Health: ''Osteoporosis Handout on Health."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Wrist Fractures."

News release, FDA.  

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: "The Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis: What It Means to You."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Low Back Pain" and "Osteoporosis and Spinal Fractures."

Chad Deal, MD, head, Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease, Cleveland Clinic. Deal reports serving as an advisor, consultant or speaker for Amgen and Lilly, which make osteoporosis drugs.

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Moving Safely;" "Calcium/Vitamin D," "What Is Osteoporosis," "Recovering from Broken Bones;" "Factors to Consider When Choosing a Treatment;" "About Osteoporosis: Bone Health Basics;" "Why Healthy Living is Important;" "Factors That Put You At Risk;" "Vitamin D and Bone Health; "Diagnosing Osteoporosis;" and "Fast Facts."

Sherri Betz, PT, physical therapist, Santa Cruz, Ca.; chair, American Physical Therapy Association Bone Health Special Interest Group.

Lenchik, L. , October 2004. American Journal of Roentgenology

National Institutes of Health: ''Osteoporosis Handout on Health."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Wrist Fractures."

News release, FDA.  

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

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