If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, it can be helpful to work with a physical therapist to develop an individual exercise program and to make sure you’re exercising safely. Northwest Hospital’s expert physical therapists have experience working with individuals diagnosed with or at risk for osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a thinning of bone mass. Osteoporosis and osteopenia, or low bone density, affect 55 percent of people over age 50 in the U.S, most of whom are women. The disease can significantly increase the risk of fractures, especially hip, wrist and compression fractures of the spine.

Exercise can help build bone mass and reduce the risk of fractures, but it must be appropriate for each person and the degree of bone loss or other health conditions.

As part of Northwest Hospital’s Osteoporosis Program, our licensed physical therapists will evaluate

  • your posture
  • your overall musculoskeletal system
  • body mechanics (the way you move your body)
  • your balance

Based on this evaluation, they will design an exercise program specifically for you and show you how to perform your exercises safely. You will also learn about minimizing your risk of fractures during everyday activities.

If you are involved in a gym program or community exercise program such as yoga or Thai Chi, we will also give you guidance to help you avoid potential injury or risk of fracture. If you have difficulty with balance, you will be given exercises to perform and suggestions for safe practices to reduce your risk of falling.