Osteoporosis is the most common metabolic disease of the bone. It affects older people in particular. It is a disease of the entire skeleton that is associated with reduced bone mass and bone mineral density as well as disturbed bone architecture. The bone becomes increasingly brittle, and the risk of fracture increases. Vertebral bodies and the neck of the femur are particularly frequently affected.
If osteoporosis is far advanced, fractures can occur even in the case of harmless events and not at all infrequently just as spontaneously, i.e. without an accidental event. In order to avoid lengthy therapies and often also operations, it is particularly important to detect the disease at an early stage to assure that necessary treatment steps can be initiated immediately.