Osteology deals with diseases of the human skeleton. Osteoporosis is by far the most frequent osteologic disease.

Osteoporosis is characterized by decreased bone quality and structure, therefore bones become so weak and so brittle that a fall or even a mild stress such as bending over, lifting small weights or sneezing can cause a fracture.

Osteoporosis affects men and women of all ethnicities. Women past menopause are at highest risk. Statistically every second woman after 50 will suffer from a fracture at some point in her future life.

The causes for the development of osteoporosis are diverse. Aging, changes of the hormonal balance after menopausis, genetic factors, concomitant conditions, medications and lifestyle choices can contribute to the development of osteoporosis.

Using case history and assessment of bone health using imaging procedures (DEXA, X-ray) we can estimate fracture risk and develop a long term strategy for improving bone health and reduce the risk of a fracture.