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Osteoporosis is a common condition where bones become weaker and more prone to fracture.

Approximately 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 in the UK will suffer an osteoporosis related fracture during their lifetime.


Approximately 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 in the UK will suffer an osteoporosis related fracture during their lifetime.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a common condition where bones become weaker and more prone to fracture.

Bone density and bone strength decreases during adulthood, but the rate of decrease can be affected by several factors.

Am I at risk?

Osteoporosis is largely genetically determined. Patients with a strong family history of the condition are at increased risk of developing it themselves. There are however, a number of modifiable lifestyle risk factors which can be addressed to prevent osteoporosis or reduce the risk of fracture in people suffering from the disease.

Risk factors for osteoporotic fractures include:

  • Aged over 50
  • Family history
  • Long term steroid use
  • Hysterectomy
  • Early menopause
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Some cancer treatments
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • People with increased risk of falling

Assessment and treatment

At St John & St Elizabeth Hospital, specialist physiotherapists provide an initial assessment and determine a treatment plan, depending on the severity of the condition and fracture risk.

Patients are divided into 3 general categories.

  • Tier 1 – Preventing osteoporosis.  For patients wishing to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures.
  • Tier 2 – Patients at risk of fracture.  For patients with a strong family history or those with increased risk due to other conditions or medications.
  • Tier 3 – Patients with osteoporosis.  For patients who have been diagnosed with the condition, who may or may not have had a fracture.

For patients who have suffered a fracture due to osteoporosis, careful rehabilitation programmes are designed by physiotherapists with expertise in managing patients with fragile bones.

Our osteoporosis physiotherapists develop exercise programmes appropriate to the individual, to help strengthen the bones and reduce the risk of falling.  Carefully monitored weight-bearing exercise can increase bone density, while improved core strength helps reduce the likelihood of falls.

The physiotherapy team refer patients when appropriate to additional services within the hospital including imaging, rheumatology, orthopaedics, podiatry and dietetics.

Physiotherapy Department

Our Physiotherapy Department provides a comprehensive service for both inpatients and outpatients. Our team of chartered physiotherapists have a vast range of specialist skills between, providing expert treatment for each patient.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7806 4010.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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