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Australian Bone Density Testing Centre


Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones
What Is Osteoporosis?
'Osteo means bone & porosis means porous.
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bones. It is a condition in which the bones become thin and fragile and are therefore more likely to break.
Normal Bone
Normal Bone
osteoporosis bone
Osteoporotic Bone
World Health Organisation definition of Osteoporosis
A systemic skeletal disease characterised by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue, with a consequent increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to fracture risk.
Hip Fractures
Women can lose bone rapidly at the on set of menopause.
A woman s risk of developing an osteoporosis related hip fracture is equal to her combined risk of developing cancer of the breast, uterus and cervix.
Consequences:
- Up to 20% of those who fracture a hip may die from complications within 12 months.
- 33% will become totally dependent.
- 50% will not be able to walk independently.
- 50% will experience social deterioration.
- A 10% loss in bone density more than doubles your risk of hip fracture.
Spinal Fractures
The spine is made up of a series of small connected bones called vertebrae.
Early fractures can easily go undetected and while vertebral fractures do heal, the bones do not go back to their original shape.
Healed vertebral fractures become compressed (flattened) and may mend in a wedge shape.
Consequences:
- Over time, multiple fractures of the spine can result in stooped posture, a loss of height and continual pain.
- You can lose up to 10cm or 4 inches in height due to spinal fractures.
- A 10% loss in bone density doubles your risk of spinal fractures.
fracture photo
Difference between Osteoporosis and Arthritis
These are different medical conditions that are often confused.
It is possible to have both osteoporosis and arthritis. In fact some of the medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis may place people at increased risk of osteoporosis.
Click here for the difference between Osteoporosis and Arthritis

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