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Artwork of hip joint in osteoporosis


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Artwork of hip joint in osteoporosis

Osteoporosis. Artwork of a female hip joint with osteoporosis. A close up of the head of the femur (the thigh bone, at right of image) and the pelvis (at upper left) is seen. The head of the femur forms a ball which fits securely into a cup-like cavity in the pelvis. Osteoporosis is seen as a spongy or grainy appearance of the bone at this joint. Such bone has a reduced density, is more brittle and prone to fracture. Osteoporosis usually affects the elderly and women after the menopause. It is usually caused at menopause by a reduction in the production of the oestrogen hormones by the ovaries. Treatments include hormone replacement therapy

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Artwo Femur Hip Joint Joint Osteoporosis Condition Disorder Health Care Pelvis


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This artwork showcases the effects of osteoporosis on a female hip joint. The close-up view reveals the head of the femur, or thigh bone, positioned at the right side of the image, while the pelvis can be seen in the upper left corner. The head of the femur forms a ball-like structure that securely fits into a cup-shaped cavity in the pelvis. Osteoporosis manifests as a spongy or grainy appearance within this joint, indicating reduced bone density and increased brittleness. Such changes make bones more susceptible to fractures. Typically affecting older individuals and women after menopause, osteoporosis arises from decreased production of estrogen hormones by ovaries during this stage. The significance of this artwork lies in its ability to visually convey both scientific knowledge and artistic expression simultaneously. It serves as an educational tool for medical professionals and patients alike, shedding light on this debilitating condition's impact on one specific area of our skeletal system. In terms of treatment options for osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy is among several approaches available to alleviate symptoms and strengthen bones. This thought-provoking print from Science Photo Library captures not only anatomical details but also evokes empathy towards those affected by this disease – reminding us all about the importance of maintaining optimal bone health throughout our lives.

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