Osteoporosis is a medical condition where the bones become fragile and brittle due to reduced bone density (or mass). The loss of density is attributed to a decreasing or insufficient amount of minerals in the bone. Bones (like tissue and muscle) need minerals to maintain good health and strength. The minerals most commonly found to be lacking include calcium and vitamin D; however, there can be other reasons for a loss of bone density.
Identify low bone density before it results in injury.
Many people are only diagnosed with osteoporosis after sustaining a fracture (a cracked or broken bone) from a fairly minor fall or bump. However, by this stage the condition can be quite developed and severe. In order to give patients who are at risk of developing osteoporosis a chance to identify it early when further deterioration and injury can be prevented we arrange onsite bone scan clinics. If osteoporosis is diagnosed early enough it is also possible to reverse the effects and improve bone density. View the list of dates for our next clinic at your nearest Family Practice Medical Centre
Your bone health is important, so talk to your GP about your risks and any concerns you have.
Bulk billed bone density scans are available for "at risk" patients.
You could be eligible if:
- You are over 70 years of age.
- You had a hysterectomy before 45 years of age.
- You have coeliac disease.
- You suffer from chronic liver or kidney disease.
- You have hyperthyroidism.
- You have rheumatoid arthritis.
- You have male hypogonadism.
For more information speak to your nearest Family Practice Medical Centre about their bone scan clinic and how you can participate. For practice contact details follow the links in the scan clinic availability list.
Every 3.6 minutes someone is admitted to an Australian hospital with a fracture.
Scan Clinic Availability 2017
Family Practice at Glenmore | 2/11/17 - 3/11/17
Family Practice at Ayr | 31/10/17
NSW North Coast
Family Practice at Yamba | 19/9/17 - 21/9/17