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    What is osteopetrosis?

    My friend has Osteopetrosis and she is in lots of pain and is now in hospital again for pain management I would like to know more about this condition and if there any support groups for her to join so she can talk to other people with the same condition.
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  • Chris Flavel

    Exercise Physiologist

    I've been an Exercise Physiologist for 10 years, working in predominantly with the aged - pre-operative hip/knee replacements and chronic disease. Currently employed as Senior … View Profile

    Hi there,
    Osterporosis is a condition whereby the bones become brittle and can be prone to fractures.  The best thing that can be done is to manage her pain pharmacologically (medications), and nutritional supplements and exercise to strengthen the bones.

    I'm sure there are groups out there to help.  I live in Adelaide and run exercise groups for people like your friend. A simple google search may help you find what you need.

    All the best,

    Chris

  • Anonymous

    Hi Chris thanks for responding to this question buy my friend has osteopetrosis and she said it is different to osteoarthritis and osterporosis. 

  • Chris Flavel

    Exercise Physiologist

    I've been an Exercise Physiologist for 10 years, working in predominantly with the aged - pre-operative hip/knee replacements and chronic disease. Currently employed as Senior … View Profile

    Ah yes I see that now.  Apologies didn't quite read the question.  I don't have any answers for you, although I did google the condition and found many useful websites.  See what you can find out.

    All the best,
    Chris

  • Dr Chana Sztajer has treated seniors all over the world, most notably as the only Australian chiropractor ever to work on the Queen Mary 2. … View Profile

    Hi,

    Osteopetrosis is a genetic condition which acts almost the opposite to osteoporosis. In osteoporosis there is a degeneration of the bone, where the bone becomes less dense. In osteopetrosis, it becomes more dense, because there is no resorption of the bone (normally, there is a constant balance between bone formation and bone resorption).

    If you are looking for support groups, you may want to google not only osteopetrosis, but also the alternative names - Albers-Schonberg's disease or Marble Bone disease. There is an Association of Genetic Support in Australasia which may also be able to help.

    Good luck, and all the best to you and your friend.

    Chana

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