Bone Health

bone health

Have you ever wondered what the potential risk factors are for osteoporotic fracture?

There are both intrinsic and extrinsic factors relating to the risk factors of osteoporosis. Genetics dictate the majority of your bone strength but there are modifiable lifestyle factors which contribute to your overall bone health including physical activity and dietary factors.

If you are over 50 and are concerned about the above risk factors of osteoporosis please see your doctor for more information or a referral for a DXA scan to establish your bone mineral density.

But here’s the thing…

I’m trying to raise awareness about osteopenia and osteoporosis as these are silent problems that cause many fractures, pain, and disability throughout Australia. The only way to know if you have decreased bone density is through a DEXA scan. This exposes you to 60% less radiation than a flight from Brisbane to Sydney.

The contributing risk factors for osteopenia and osteoporosis are listed below:

  • History of previous low trauma fracture
  • A family history of osteoporosis or low trauma fracture
  • History of falls or recurrent falls
  • Recent loss of height
  • Advancing age (greater than 50)
  • Low physical activity levels
  • Low calcium intake
  • Low body weight
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroids
  • Diabetes (type 1 and 2)

But I’m sharing with you that I don’t have any of these risk factors – I’m not over 50, I exercised heaps as a kid so had a good bone bank, eat plenty of calcium, good Vitamin D levels and my hormone levels are still good. Yet 2 years ago when I had a bone density (DEXA) done my levels were low in my lumbar spine. I was shocked with this result but at least I found out so I can now do something to change this.

The good news is that you can take positive action and build your bones back up with specifically targeted exercise programs like that offered by ONERO.

Get yourself checked today and don’t be scared if your bone density comes back low. You CAN do something about. It’s better to know!

Ceridwen Way – Physio at Burleigh Physio


Gold Coast Physiotherapy and Allied Health at Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach 


Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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