Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle which may lead to fractures.
Osteoporosis usually has no signs or symptoms until a fracture happens – this is why osteoporosis is often called the ‘silent disease’.
Osteoporosis can lead to fractures which can cause chronic pain and disability in the community.
In Australia, 1 in 3 women over 45 years will develop osteoporosis. In addition to this, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over the age of 60 will develop a bone fracture due to osteoporosis.