In the Section of Rheumatology, we treat a variety of bone diseases, such as listed below. The following links refer to topics on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website:
- Metabolic bone disease: A disease that can affect all the bones in the body, including osteoporosis and Paget's disease, which involves bone destruction and regrowth.
- Osteonecrosis, or Aseptic Necrosis: Bone death caused from a disruption in the blood supply. It is most common in the hip, knee, and shoulder.
- Osteopenia: A decrease in the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the bone that can cause bones to be weak and brittle, and increase the risk for fractures.
- Osteoporosis: The thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time that occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, or when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both.