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What can it do?

Welcome to the beta Arthritis Virtual Assistant. At the moment it can give you general information about your condition and medication, and provide you with useful exercises to help manage your arthritis.

Why do we need your help?

The Arthritis Virtual Assistant has been built to learn and improve with every use. That way, whenever you use it, you’re indirectly helping another person get the answers that they need for their arthritis.

What can you ask?

You'll get the best response if your question relates to a single type of arthritis, and is expressed as clearly and simply as possible. For example, "What are the best exercises for osteoarthritis?" or "What are the side effects of methotrexate?"

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Arthritis Virtual Assistant

The Arthritis Virtual Assistant is being developed into a brand new type of tool which will help you to get the answers you need for your type of arthritis.

This automated chat service is designed to provide general information about your condition and ways you can manage it. It’s been developed from over 80 years of our research work and also learns from the experiences of its users. It’s a ‘beta’ version which means it’s still learning from you, and others. It uses artificial intelligence to decide which are the best responses to give you and it will improve each time it’s used. The better the information we can provide then the more people we can help to manage their condition too.

The advice in this service isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice so we’d always recommend speaking to your doctor about your treatment. When you use the Arthritis Virtual Assistant, you’ll be asked for your first name and the type of arthritis you have, there’s no need to tell us anything more personal than that.

By using the Arthritis Virtual Assistant you confirm that you understand and accept the terms of use and consent to how we will use the information you provide.

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Drugs for osteoporosis

If you’re diagnosed with osteoporosis following a low-impact fracture, then the fracture will need to be treated first. The next step is to begin treatment to reduce your risk of further fractures.

Treatment of fractures

Most fractures are first treated in A&E. Unless you have a vertebral compression fracture, you'll probably have a cast on the affected area to stop it moving and allow the fracture to heal. In some cases the fracture may need to be manipulated by a specialist first or it may need surgical fixing.

It's likely that you'll need pain relief medications while the fracture heals, for example:

Prevention of fractures

A number of specific treatments are available to reduce the risk of further fractures. You're likely to have a bone density scan before you start treatment, although this may not be needed, for example if you're 75 or over. Once you've started treatment your bone density, and possibly other aspects of your health, may be monitored.

Treatments to reduce the risk of fractures work either by slowing down the breakdown of old bone material, or by speeding up the process of bone renewal, or a combination of both.

Bone renewal is a slow process so it's important to continue treatment as your doctor advises – even though you won't be able to feel whether it's working.

Because longer-term treatment can sometimes have side-effects your doctor may suggest a break from your treatment after 3–5 years. The benefits of osteoporosis treatment last a long time so these won't be lost if your doctor does suggest a 'treatment holiday'.

Treatments to reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures include:

 

Strontium ranelate 

Another drug sometimes used to treat osteoporosis, strontium ranelate, was discontinued in August 2017. If you are currently taking strontium ranelate you should arrange to see your doctor to discuss other treatment options that may be suitable for you.

 

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