Osteoporosis is often confused with osteoarthritis since often people have both. While osteoarthritis is a complex disease that causes joint pain and reduces joint mobility and function, osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass which causes risk of fractures. Each condition is very different and has its own characteristics, risk factors, signs, symptoms, and treatments. This workshop will cover the similarities and differences between these chronic conditions and discuss solutions to minimize disease risk and impact through evidence-based programs for physical activity, falls prevention, and self-management education. Additionally, resources for addressing both conditions will be provided.
• Kirsten Ambrose, MS, CCRC, Associate Director, OA Action Alliance, Thurston Arthritis Research Center, University of North Carolina
• Kathleen Cody, Executive Director, American Bone Health