Osteoporosis Education Program

  Here at Belmont City Physiotherapy Clinic, we believe strongly in educating our patients and helping them better understand their musculoskeletal health in order to prevent injury. Osteoporosis is a condition which causes a significant decrease in bone density, leading to a greatly increased risk of fracture. In Australia, osteoporosis affects a large number of people, usually over the age of 50 and unless it is being specifically monitored, many may not even be aware that they have it. The statistics are alarming: 50% of women and 1/3 of men over 60 will have an osteoporotic fracture, with 2/3 of spinal fractures either not identified or inadequately treated.

Perhaps the most unfortunate aspect of this situation is that the effects of osteoporosis can be largely minimised and overcome through a simple combination of diet, exercise, and lifestyle change. This is where our Osteoporosis Education Program can be of help. The program is comprised of three sessions, each consisting of an informative 20-30 minute lecture and small group discussion of key points, coupled with an active exercise component and advice on functional strengthening exercises. Each of the 3 sessions is conducted a week apart and progresses on from the last. Our education program will take you from knowing little or nothing about osteoporosis to being a ‘full bottle’ in a relatively short space of time.

Patients can participate in the program either privately at a normal consultation rate, or the cost can be fully covered by Medicare’s EPC (Enhanced Primary Care) Plan. To qualify for this, your GP will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork and refer you to the program.

For more information, contact us anytime at the clinic.