World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day

20 October is World Osteoporosis Day – the day which focuses on this bone condition. The campaign day was initiated in 1996 by the British National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) and recognised internationally in 1998 by the World Health Organization (WHO). You can find information on osteoporosis here.


Facts and figures about osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a common disease: In Germany, 6.3 million people over the age of 50 are affected. Each year, 885,000 people develop the condition.1 One in four patients is female. The illness is often associated with spinal fractures: Studies confirm that the risk of a subsequent fracture increases by 3.2 times following the first vertebral fracture, 9.8 times after the second, and 23.3 times after the third.2

Woman with osteoporosis

What lies behind osteoporosis and how you can get bone loss under control

With osteoporosis, the bones become porous and more fragile. Familiarise yourself with the bone loss clinical symptoms, find out why vertebral fractures can occur and what treatment options are available. To improve quality of life, not only exercise, diet and medications play a crucial role: find out how you can ensure greater mobility in everyday life by wearing a special back brace.

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Osteoporosis self-help groups near you

Osteoporosis self-help groups near you

To mark World Osteoporosis Day, in addition to the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the national medical specialist associations, self-help groups also invite people to attend information events. Find your local osteoporosis self-help group and the right medical supply store here.

Find a self-help group near you
Spinomed: Back orthoses

The new Spinomed: Innovative care – for greater mobility in everyday life

“Support that fits” – the new Spinomed from medi: With the new Spinomed, we have further developed the proven back brace. An innovative pivot joint and optimised strap system ensure a more secure fit, immediate effect and high user comfort. The functional back brace is particularly used to treat osteoporotic vertebral body fractures.

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1 Epidemiologie der Osteoporose: Bone Evaluation Study, Deutsches Ärzteblatt 2013,4, 52 ff.

2 DVO. Prophylaxe, Diagnostik und Therapie der Osteoporose bei postmenopausalen Frauen und bei Männern. 2017. Published online: (Last access: 18.10.2021).