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Is it safe to use Terifrac to treat osteoarthritis?


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Dr. Anuj Nigam

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At March 25, 2024
Reviewed AtMarch 25, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My mother has been experiencing joint pains for a long time and had a knee replacement last year. During our consultation for a second knee, the doctor mentioned osteoporosis and suggested a Terifrac injection for a year. How can we be sure this injection will not have any negative effects, and how can we determine if my mother has osteoporosis or osteoarthritis?

Kindly help.

Answered by Dr. Anuj Nigam


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern.

Both osteoarthritis and osteoporosis are distinct forms of bone loss that are related to an individual's age since they both develop in later life. Osteo refers to bone, arthro means joints, porous means spongy, and weak means foam. Osteoarthritis is a prevalent joint disease that affects people 60 years of age and older. Knee replacements are performed to replace the damaged, painful joints with new, metal ones, giving the affected joints new life. Only exceptionally severe instances of osteoarthritis are treated with knee replacements. Although osteoporosis is a distinct illness, it is frequently observed in the elderly population and is not usually linked to osteoarthritis. To prevent additional bone damage in patients with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, bone-strengthening injections such as Terifrac (recombinant parathyroid hormone, a hormone that increases bone formation and strength) are typically administered following knee replacement surgery. Since falls are common in patients of this age, these injections also guard against the risk of fracture from simple falls or slips at home. Since Terifrac is a medication that is approved internationally for people just like these, it often does not exhibit any major side effects or consequences. To find out how osteoporosis is progressing both before and after the conclusion of the Terifrac injection course (which typically lasts one to three months), you can get a DEXA (dual x-ray absorptiometry) scan and a bone mineral density test done.

I hope this information will help you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Anuj Nigam
Dr. Anuj Nigam

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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