The bones support the body and simultaneously protect the internal organs. If they become brittle, everyday mobility, safety and independence are at risk. In osteoporosis, also commonly known as bone atrophy, the mass, density and weight bearing abilities of the bones are lessened. In the advanced stage of the illness, the skeleton grows so unstable that the bones become deformed. Fractures, particularly on the spine, femoral neck, upper and lower arm, occur even under slight strain or in minor falls.
Osteoporosis – a common illness
Approximately five million people suffer from osteoporosis in Germany alone. The illness occurs more frequently in women after menopause and in men over the age of 60 years. What is treacherous about osteoporosis is its gradual development. Therefore many affected persons only notice it when they already have fractured bones. Pain and limited mobility are the consequence. The earlier the illness is recognised, the more effectively it can be treated. Special orthotics such as the Dorso Osteo Care make it possible to support muscle activity and support bone formation.
Effective prevention of osteoporosis
Even though there are good treatment options in osteoporosis today, prevention is still the best protection. In general, the following applies: Regular physical movement as well as a balanced diet which is rich in calcium and vitamin D, dairy products and fish, reduce and delay loss of muscle and bone mass. Nicotine and excessive alcohol consumption, on the other hand, damage the bone substance and should therefore be avoided.