Common diseases & risk factors

Avi Medical helps you with osteoporosis

About six million people in Germany suffer from osteoporosis. This makes pathological bone loss one of the most widespread diseases. However, early diagnosis and targeted treatment can alleviate the symptoms in the long term. Our experienced doctors will accompany you at all our locations.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis, like rheumatism, is a musculoskeletal disorder. Those affected suffer from reduced bone density and a resulting higher susceptibility to bone fractures.

At what point is it osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis usually begins with osteopenia. This refers to bone loss without any resulting fractures. As soon as fractures result from the loss of bone mass, the diagnosis is osteoporosis. Bone loss is checked with the help of densitometry (bone density measurement), among other things.

What are the triggers of osteoporosis?

Proven triggers of osteoporosis include: 

  • the menopause. Menopausal oestrogen deficiency increases the amount of osteoclasts (cells that break down bone mass). 
  • the normal ageing process. Over the years, the organism increasingly loses osteoblasts (cells that build up bone mass). 
  • certain medicines (such as cortisone)
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Eating disorders
  • genetic predisposition 
  • Lack of exercise
  • Alcohol

What are the possible symptoms of osteoporosis?

Typical symptoms of osteoporosisinclude:

  • Pathological bone fractures (in women after the menopause primarily fractures of the spine, in older people primarily long tubular bones such as legs and arms)
  • Pain resulting from bone fractures (such as back pain)

Treatment of osteoporosis at Avi Medical

The first step in the comprehensive treatment of osteoporosis is diagnosis. For us at Avi Medical, this includes

  • Preparation of anamnesis
  • Bone density measurement 
  • Laboratory tests for early detection of deficiency symptoms (calcium, vitamin D)
  • Exclusion of a tumorous or other serious disease that promotes bone loss 

This is followed by targeted therapy, which also has a prophylactic function. This includes: 

  • regular exercise
  • Balanced diet and abstaining from alcohol if necessary
  • Checking medicines already prescribed and changing them if necessary 
  • Assessing the risk of falls (in older people)
  • Medication (such as bisphosphonates)