Osteoporosis is a worldwide problem especially in older patients, leading to an reduced bone mass and reduced bone density. This can lead to bone fractures even after minor injuries or even during normal walking. Worldwide an osteoporotic fracture occurs every 3 seconds. These fractures are painful and therapy can be long lasting. The risk for a women to develop osteoporosis is 10x higher than being diagnosed with breast cancer and 5 x more likely than having a heart attack.
The aim of Prevention is to recognize a potential risk for the development of osteoporosis and stop it. Generally a primary and a secondary osteoporosis can be discriminated. The recognition of the disease and early treatment can stop the bone loss and prevent osteoporotic fractures.
A osteoporosis screening is recommended in:
- Woman older than 50 years of age
- Men older than 55. years of age
Osteoporosis screening includes:
- Clinical examination
- Measurement of Bone mineral density
- Blood analysis
- Urine analysis
- Risk assessment
- Therapy planning