Early diagnosis of osteoporosis
There are further options for an early detection, but the statutory health insurance does not pay for them. Among those is the dual energy x-ray absorbtiometry (DXA) of the spinal column or in some cases of the hips.
That examination can detect any level of osteoporosis even before symptoms occur. Furthermore, the rate of the bones’ density loss can be determined, through that one can even determine your risk of osteoporosis. Moreover one can predict the effectiveness of various therapies. If pain occurs and there is a suspicion of a bone fracture, an x-ray is necessary and further examinations.