Osteoporosis: How Physio Can Help

Osteoporosis affects more than 1 million Australians.

This disease is more commonly known to affect middle aged and elderly women, although men are also at risk. Women who are post-menopausal have a heightened risk of developing osteoporosis.



Osteoporosis is a disease that makes bones become brittle, making those who have it more likely to break or fracture a bone. Osteoporosis occurs as a result of our bones losing calcium and other minerals much faster than it can all be re-absorbed.

Bone mass, also referred to as bone density, generally decreases after 35 years of age. Reduced bone mass results in weak bones that are somewhat porous and can be easily compressed (similar to a sponge).



Some of the common symptoms of osteoporosis are:

– Bones that easily break or fracture often
– Back pain
– The development of poor posture or a ‘hunch’
– Decrease in height overtime
– Pain performing everyday tasks

More severe cases can even see bone breakage after something as simple as a sneeze or cough.



Apart from reducing pain and discomfort, physiotherapists can help you with your osteoporosis in many ways, such as:

– Strengthening your core muscles which can improve your posture
– Increasing muscle strength, in particular the legs, back and upper body
– Improve your flexibility and balance which results in less chance of falls and fractures
– Provide relief to pain in the back
– Light exercise through physiotherapy will improve bone strength
– Getting you stronger and more confident, to perform everyday tasks with less pain



– Getting outside for your daily dose of vitamin D (sunshine is great for strong bones)
– Eat plenty of calcium rich foods like milk, yogurt & cheese
– Eat a balanced diet containing lots of fruits and vegetables
– Exercise in your early years if you know you have a family history
– Exercise as regularly as possible to improve bone strength
– Speak to your local physiotherapists about a tailored plan to increase bone strength


The team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy are an experienced team who can talk you through your treatment options and assess your scenario.

If you’d like to take the first step to preventing or better managing your osteoporosis, contact the clinic today on (02) 4721 7798

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

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, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.