What is it?
Paget's disease of bone affects the normal process of the bones whereby old bone is replaced with new bone. With Paget's disease of bone, old bone starts deteriorating faster than new bone can be created. In response, the body makes new bone faster. The new bone, however, is weaker than normal bone and can cause pain and beak more easily. It typically occurs in the spine, collarbone, pelvis and legs.
Causes, Symptoms and Risk Factors
The cause of Paget’s disease is unknown. This progressive disease affects both women and men, and symptoms typically become evident during middle age. Symptoms include:
- Pain in bones and joints
- Stiffness in joints
- Hearing loss
People with a family history of Paget’s disease are at greater risk.
A doctor will perform a physical examination, review symptoms with the patient and perform testing that may include:
- Bone scans
- Blood and urine studies
- Hearing and/or vision tests
Treatments for Paget’s disease include:
- Undergoing physical therapy
- Using assistive devices, such as crutches, canes or walkers
- Getting nerve stimulation
If these treatments do not provide relief from the symptoms, the doctor may recommend surgery.