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  • Writer's pictureMark Macdonald

The Ultimate Guide to Osteoporosis Treatment: What You Need to Know

Treatment for Osteoporosis comes in two forms;

  1. Medical Management

  2. Resistance and load bearing exercise

Osteoporosis is managed medically by your GP or a specialist. You and your doctor will determine the best treatment for you, taking into consideration other medical conditions. Your doctor can also advise if your medication is subsidised by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Some of the common medications available for treatment of osteoporosis in Australia are;



This medication can slow bone loss, improve bone density and reduce the risk of fractures

This medication can slow bone loss, improve bone density and reduce the risk of fractures

Tablets (weekly or monthly)

6 monthly injection

Aledronate (Fosamax)

Denosumab (Prolia)

Risedronate (Actonel EC)

Annual Intravenous Infusion

Zoledronate (Aclasta)

Exercise for Osteoporosis

Research has demonstrated that when it comes to our bones, not all exercise is equal. Bones benefit when a certain amount of impact or strain is placed on them, making specific types of exercise most beneficial.

The ability of an exercise to have an impact on bone depends on the specific way that stress is applied to the bone during the exercise.

Exercise is also important for the size, strength and capacity of our muscles which is essential to maintain mobility.

Exercise must be ongoing to have a proper benefit.

What type of exercise should I be doing?

Weight-bearing impact loading exercise

Exercise done on your feet so you bear your own weight which jolts bones rapidly and firmly.

Resistance training

Using hand and ankle weights and gym equipment such as dumbbells, barbells and machines that progress in intensity over time.

Some examples of exercise that are

good for prevention and management of osteoporosis are;

  • dancing

  • running

  • tennis

  • free weights such as dumbbells and bar bells

  • elastic band exercises

  • body weight exercises

Not sure where to start. Our physiotherapists are experienced in helping people prevent and manage osteoarthritis. We will help you with an exercise program that fits in with your lifestyle so that you can do it forever.

Call us know on 9838 8449 or book online at

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