Bone Density – Let’s Talk About It

Our bones are fundamental to movement, body structure and the creation of blood cells.

What is bone density?

Unfortunately, as we age, the density of our bones (meaning how well they are stocked with minerals) decreases. This has a significant effect on our bone’s ability to absorb force, and withstand accidents such as falls. This is why older people are far more likely to experience fractures, breaks and issues with joints.

Who does it impact?

Although the general focus for low bone density and the associated conditions (like osteoporosis) are generally linked with elderly people, women are far more likely to experience issues with bone density than men. This means they may experience more serious symptoms, and begin showing these symptoms at a far earlier age.

What causes issues with bone density?

> Life-style factors – such as smoking, excessive drinking or low physical activity
> Body shape and size – having a smaller frame but holding excessive weight
> Family history – of osteoporosis and other conditions such as arthritis
> Medical conditions – that cause inflammation, issues with nutrient uptake or bone issues
> Low Vitamin D and/Calcium –  Vitamin D helps Calcium to be absorbed and used by the body

How is low bone density recognised?

The best way to identify an issue with bone density is through a bone density scan. These are done fully clothed, and focus mainly on the spine and the hips of the individual. This usually requires a referral from your GP, and then a treatment plan put into place depending on your specific needs.

How can my physiotherapist help with prevention and management?

It is obvious from the major causes, there are some parts of life out of our control. However, with the right support from your physiotherapist, an exercise program utilising resistance training is proven in multiple research studies to be an effective option for improving bone density.

Don’t wait for issues like this to arise, prevent them by working with your physiotherapist today to build and maintain your bone density, and live your life to the fullest.

Trust Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy to work with you, and for you, to get you back on your feet when it counts the most. We take a holistic approach, and work alongside you every step of the way to make it as hassle-free as possible! Contact the practice for an assessment today on (02) 4721 7798, email or book an appointment online here. 



Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.