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Zoledronate: Also known as zoledronic acid. This is a member of the bisphosphonate class of drugs and is a treatment given for Paget’s disease via an infusion into the bloodstream.

Zoledronic acid: See ‘zoledronate’ above.

Zometa: A brand name for zoledronate. See ‘zoledronate’ above.

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Vertebra: One of the 33 bones that make up the spine.

Vertebrae: The interlocking bones that form the spinal column.

Vitamin D: This helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. It is needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

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OA: Osteoarthritis.

Occupational therapist (OT): The professional who works with people to develop skills and confidence in everyday activities.

Open fracture: This is when the broken bone pierces the skin. Also known as a compound fracture.

Orthopaedic surgeon: A specialist doctor who carries out operations on bones, such as a hip replacement.

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Insufficiency fracture: A type of stress fracture, which is the result of normal stresses on abnormal bone.

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ECT: Enhanced Care Team.

Effusion: When referring to a joint, an effusion is the abnormal accumulation of fluid in or around a joint and is associated with swelling, pain and stiffness.

EHR: Electronic Health Record.

EPR: Electronic Patient Record.

Extension: A movement that increases the angle between two body part, such as straightening the leg out.

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X-ray: An x-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are an effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures.

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Sabre tibia: This refers to the x-ray appearance of a bowed tibia (shinbone) resembling the curve of a sabre.

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Radiograph: An x-ray image.

Radiographer: A professional who prepares and produces x-rays for a radiologist.

Radiologist: A doctor who specialises in radiology and diagnostic investigations such as x-ray, MRI and CT.

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Mosaic pattern: The disorganised bone of Paget’s disease can appear as a ‘mosaic pattern’, also referred to as a ‘jigsaw pattern’ or ‘cotton wool’.

MRI scan: Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.

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