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All About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones lose important minerals, such as calcium, at a faster rate than the body is able to replenish them. This leaves them to become vulnerable to fractures and even bone loss. Many people with osteoporosis may not even realise they have the condition, as its symptoms are often silent and unnoticeable— until a fracture happens.

Osteoporosis tends to affect people aged in their 70s and over, though it may also occur in younger people, particularly if they have certain risk factors. While osteoporosis is a common condition, there are ways it may be able to be managed, giving you more possibility of living the life you want to lead. 

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What is Osteopenia and How is it Treated?

Osteopenia is a loss of bone mineral density, also known as BMD. This is another condition that affects the strength of your bones, though it is not quite as severe as osteoporosis. People who develop osteopenia tend to be post-menopausal women in their 50s and older, though men may also be affected. People with osteopenia may or may not develop osteoporosis, but as certain lifestyle changes may help to preserve bone density, osteopenia treatment is often recommended.

Osteopenia treatment aims to prevent the condition from progressing into osteoporosis. It focuses on strategies to keep your bones as strong and healthy as possible for as long as possible, and may include strategies such as:

  • Calcium treatment
  • Exercise
  • Dietary changes
  • Vitamin D supplements
  • Bone density monitoring


Our Approach to Osteoporosis and Osteopenia Treatment

We take a proactive and holistic approach to the management and treatment of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Our highly experienced physiotherapists will work with your GP and/or any other healthcare professionals on your team to address your individual management needs. Each person’s treatment and management will differ, and may include:

Risk Assessment

We will assess your risk for fractures. You may be able to gain some insight into your risk by using the FRAX® Fracture Risk Assessment Tool, which you can find on their website.

Lifestyle Advice

Whether you may benefit from lifestyle changes, nutrition advice, or a shift in the way you exercise, we take your personal circumstances into account to build the best possible plan for you.

Physical Activity Program Development

This may include a home program, gym program, or a program specifically designed for our Pilates studio.


Education is incredibly important when it comes to your bone health. With in-depth knowledge and years of experience, our skilled physiotherapists have the information you need.

Exercise Prescription

We focus on specific, safe exercises tailored to you. With these, our aim is to help you improve your strength, posture, spinal flexibility, and balance.

Even if osteoporosis is not your primary reason for consulting us, we always assess and manage issues in a safe manner for your underlying osteoporosis.
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Building Strong Bones for a Resilient Future

While there’s no standard treatment for osteoporosis and osteopenia, there may be ways to manage the conditions depending on your specific needs.

At Glen Eira Physiotherapy, we aim to determine your overall risk of fracture first before coming up with an osteoporosis or osteopenia treatment plan for you. We recognise that taking care of your bone health is essential for a long and active life, so making healthy lifestyle choices and getting regular check-ups is crucial! Together, we can work to maintain good bone mineral density and keep your bones as strong and resilient as possible.

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If you would like to speak to one of our team members or make an appointment, please call us on (03) 9571 2111 or book online now.

Physiolates have been providing comprehensive care to patients in Melbourne’s South East. We are a multi-disciplinary clinic with highly experienced staff dedicated to providing high-quality care to our patients.

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