Treatment methods

Osteoporosis: basic measures for treatment and prevention

Our spinal surgery specialists treat you individually, according to the severity of your osteoporosis. We can carry out conservative measures, such as movement therapy, muscle building exercises, dietary changes and medication administration. For severe bone fractures, we take care of the surgical treatment and rehabilitation.

Whether we are treating or preventing osteoporosis, you should stay physically active regularly to build muscle strength and coordination. Make sure that you have a calcium-rich diet and go outside for at least 30 minutes each day. As an important source of vitamin D, sunlight helps build strong bones.

Conservative treatment methods

Osteoporosis: treatment through medication

Whether we can conduct medicinal therapy depends on several factors: bone density, family history, nicotine consumption, fall frequency and mobility. Vitamin D should be taken for osteoporosis as a basis.

Goal of treatment: to return home

Diagnosing the cause of falls, treating osteoporosis and rehabilitating patients are all part of geriatric medicine. The goal is to increase patients’ walking ability so they can return to their home environment. At Schoen Clinic, this is achieved through a team of doctors, specially trained nurses, physiotherapists, ergotherapists, masseurs and psychologists.

Geriatric rehabilitation typically takes three weeks. During this time, our social services staff ensure that further care is in place after discharge.

Through intensive, individually tailored treatment, around 80% of our patients return home after treatment on average. However, assistance from family members or professional outpatient nurses is often required.

Surgical treatment methods

Operative treatment: for a stable spine

For recent spinal fractures, severe pain and consequent reduced mobility, bone cement injection can help. Through this process, we can restraighten and stabilise the spine and reduce any spine curvature. For highly unstable fractures, the discs are stabilised using a minimally invasive screw-rod system. It is now possible to ensure the strength of these implants in osteoporotic bones using special techniques.

Femoral neck fracture: mobile through implants

Femoral neck fractures most often occur in older people who fall on their hips. Through surgery, the fracture is corrected and the bones stabilised. Our surgeons use state-of-the-art stable angle plates as well as special nails in this procedure. This lets patients start physiotherapy immediately after surgery and become mobile and independent again.