In short Around five million Germans suffer from osteoporosis. However, this bone loss is detected in many only once a fracture has occurred. Osteoporosis could be treated though: the earlier the diagnosis is made, the more effective treatment will be.
- Numerous risk factors are now known for osteoporosis; they are crucial starting points for an early detection of this degenerative process.
- Nutrition and exercise are valuable measures with which patients can actively support treatment.
- There are approximately 380,000 osteoporosis-related fractures each year, primarily affecting the spine, femoral neck, and shoulder. Maintaining mobility and ensuring the patient does not need to depend on care are the most important treatment goals.
- Braces provide confidence and are important for reducing the fear of another fracture after a fall. Posture improved by a brace also has a positive effect on breathing and digestion.