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Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH) (cont.)

Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis Follow-up

Patients need to follow up with their health care professional to review the success of current treatments. Some treatments, such as chronic therapy with NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications), need to be monitored by a health care professional.

Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis Prognosis

Frequently the symptoms of DISH can be well controlled with an exercise and stretching regimen alone, with home care modalities such as heat being used as needed. Sometimes medications are necessary for better control of pain and stiffness.

Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis Prevention

While no scientific studies have been performed on the prevention of DISH, patients with obesity and diabetes are at increased risk of DISH. Therefore, maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy diet high in vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fruits, and low in added sweeteners, logically should decrease the risk of DISH, as well as a variety of other medical conditions.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Harris, E.D., R.C. Budd, G.S. Firestein, M.C. Genovese, et al. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 7th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders, 2005: 783-785.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/24/2015

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