The Osteoporosis Program: Building Stronger Bones

We provide assessment and care for people who have osteoporosis, and osteopenia (low bone density).  This includes education about lifestyle changes, nutrition consulting, as well as exercise programs and advice that will help you build stronger bones.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a common disease that is characterized by a loss of bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.  It causes the bones to become porous and fragile, decreasing bone strength and leading to increased risk of breaking a bone (fracture).

Osteoporotic bones can break easily with a minor event such as lifting or twisting, as well as with tripping, slipping, stumbling or falling. A broken bone can be painful and affecting your ability to function and perform the simplest daily activities.

It is often referred to as the “silent thief” because bone loss occurs with out symptoms.  It often isn’t diagnosed until the individual experiences a fracture—most often at the spine, wrist or hip—by which point the disease is already fairly advanced.

Did you know?
  • Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined
  • Osteoporosis affects both men and women.
  • Women and men alike begin to lose bone in their mid-30s
  • At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Canadians needlessly fracture each year because their osteoporosis goes undiagnosed and untreated.
Are you at risk for osteoporosis?

Are you over 50?

Have you broken a bone from a simple fall or bump since age 40?

Has either my mother or father had a hip fracture?

Do you smoke?

Do you regularly drink three or more alcoholic drinks per day?

Do you have a condition that requires me to use a glucocorticoid medication such as prednisone?

Do you take any other medication that can cause osteoporosis such as an aromatase inhibitor for breast cancer or hormonal treatment (androgen deprivation therapy) for prostate cancer?

Do you have a medical condition that can cause bone loss or fractures? Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, gastric bypass surgery, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or chronic liver disease.

Did you have an early menopause, i.e. before age 45?

Have your periods ever stopped for several months or more (other than for pregnancy or menopause)?

Have you ever suffered from impotence, lack of sexual desire or other symptoms related to low levels of testosterone (male sex hormone)?

Do you currently weigh less than 60 kg or 132 lbs?

If you are over 50 and have checked one or more of the above, Osteoporosis Canada recommends that you talk to your doctor to see if you need a bone mineral density test and about doing a comprehensive fracture risk assessment with FRAX or CAROC.

Have you lost 2 cm (3/4″) in height as measured by my healthcare provider, or 6 cm (2 1/2″) overall from when you were younger?

Do you have kyphosis (a forward curvature of the back)?

If have checked one or more of the above, Osteoporosis Canada recommends that you talk to your doctor about getting checked for the possibility of a spine fracture. This is done with a regular back X-ray.

The Bone Fit™ Osteoporosis Program

The Bone Fit™ Osteoporosis Program is a specialized exercise program developed by Osteoporosis Canada.  It is designed to provide safe and effective methods for exercise prescription and activity modification for people with osteoporosis and low bone density (osteopenia).

Our resident physiotherapist Michal Shahar is a Bone Fit™ trained professional by Osteoporosis Canada. Together with Michal you will go through a risk fracture screening (with CAROC) as well as a detailed physical assessment to examine your posture, physical performance, function, strength and balance. She will provide you with safe and effective exercises to help you build better, stronger bones.  She will also evaluate your current daily activities, recreational activities and sports, to provide safe modifications or alternatives when appropriate (e.g. modifying yoga, Pilates, golf or your gym routine).

The Bone Fit™ program will help:

  • Improve bone density
  • Prevent fractures
  • Reduce the risk of falls
  • Provide you with safe exercise prescription & modification
  • Keep you motivated, knowledgeable… and safe

Whether your looking to improve bone density, prevent a fracture, or you need help recovering from an existing fracture, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Call us today to start building better bones!

Individuals with osteopenia or osteoporosis may be eligible to claim this program under their extended health care insurance plans as part of a therapeutic exercise program treatment plan. Contact us for details.