Osteoporosis is a widespread disease that more frequently affects older women. The bone substance is increasingly degraded, which is why the disease is also called bone loss. The bones become more unstable, more brittle and the risk of fractures increases. Almost 95% of all patients suffer from primary osteoporosis. In women, this is triggered by oestrogen deficiency after menopause, or, in both sexes, by increased bone loss in advanced age. Much less common is secondary osteoporosis, which can be triggered by other conditions such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes, chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, rheumatic diseases, or by treatments, such as long-term cortisone administration.
Causes of primary osteoporosis
The causes of primary osteoporosis include:
- Decline in oestrogen levels during menopause
- Genetic predisposition
- Lack of exercise
- Being underweight: BMI > 20
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Calcium and Vitamin D deficiency, etc.
It is treacherous that in the beginning, osteoporosis often does not cause any symptoms. Only further on in the course of the disease can persistent back pain, broken bones or spontaneous fractures occur. If osteoporosis persists for a long time, a hunchback, also known as the widow’s hump, may develop and decrease body size
Our approach for osteoporosis
We try to eliminate the causes of osteoporosis. We cannot reverse the genetic predisposition, but we can identify existing risk factors. We take a preventive therapeutic approach to these factors and compensate for any additional deficiencies in vital substances.
Our therapeutic approach for osteoporosis
In preventing and treating osteoporosis, the goals are broadly the same, and our therapeutic approaches extend to the following:
- Nutritional advice for balanced, basic and low allergen diets
- Balancing the acid-base balance
- Stimulating the metabolism (cupping, magnetic field therapy, local hyperthermia, massage, etc.)
- Improving metabolism through detoxification (oral, infusions, colon hydrotherapy)
- Use of natural bioidentical hormones
- Structure of the intestinal flora and thus improved absorption of minerals etc.
- Intake of minerals, vitamins and trace elements
- Homeopathy, Schüssler salts
- Neural therapy
- Instructions for adequate exercise and sports
Suitable therapies in the Alpstein Clinic
A Statement from
Dr. med. Ralf Oettmeier
Osteoporosis does not just mean bone loss, but rather a breakdown of the supporting substance of the human body.