Living with OI

In the last few decades, research both within Australia and around the world has led to treatments for increasing bone density in people with OI. These treatments (bisphosphonates) help by reducing the number of fractures, increasing bone growth and by reducing bone related pain.

Research and clinical trials of these and other promising treatments continue with the support of organisations such as the OI Society of Australia.

Some people living with mild OI may need little to no support, while others may use mobility aids such as manual or electric wheelchairs. Physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and many other supportive activities can also be of great benefit.

Physical disabilities like OI can be challenging, but take one step into the vibrant community of those with OI and their family and friends and you’ll see that challenges can be overcome with a helping hand, a sense of humour and a splash of creativity.

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Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder that causes a person's bones to break easily, often from little or no apparent trauma. OI is also called "brittle bone disease." OI varies in severity from person to person, ranging from a mild type to a severe type that causes death before or shortly after birth.

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