Bone Health Special Interest Group

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The primary purpose of the Bone Health SIG is to:

  • Develop and apply research and knowledge to
    • Promote, maintain, and preserve bone health through the life span
    • Reduce age-related bone loss
    • Reduce fracture risk
  • Manage and treat bone loss, osteoporosis and fractures
  • Expand understanding of bone and its unique response to mechanical loading and exercise
  • Increase public awareness of the role of physical therapy in the promotion of bone- healthy exercise and lifestyle and the management and treatment of bone loss and fracture
  • Develop guidelines for successful clinical practice.
  • Inform all physical therapy practice to incorporate knowledge of bone into everyday practice and exercise prescription, with emphasis on bone building exercise in youth and safe, non- compressive core and balance exercises for older adults.
There are many opportunities for participation, so please consider getting involved! To participate or learn more about current SIG activities and projects, contact the SIG chair.

Welcome Message

January 2021
Thank you for visiting the Bone Health SIG page!

We have all endured a difficult year through the COVID-19 pandemic with all of the collateral effects on our lives personally and professionally. Thank you for your perseverance as health care professionals and continued work to provide optimal care to older adults. I am proud of my profession and what we stand for in advocacy and value focused services to our patients.

Looking forward to 2021 with vaccines available, lessons learned, and so many lifestyle adjustments – we are all hoping for a move to some normalcy, however it may be re-defined. CSM 2021 is an example of how technology, creativity and dedication can create amazing opportunities for the celebration of our 100 years as APTA, high quality education programming and different ways to network with each other. I hope you will take advantage of the registration pricing and the extensive calendar of sessions over the entire month of February to attend more than you could ever fit into a week. 

Our Bone Health Special Interest Group WILL have our "annual CSM" member meeting with 2 BIG advantages:

  • #1 no scheduling conflicts with other sessions/meetings, and
  • #2 you don't have to be registered at CSM to attend

This should facilitate a great turnout!

So SAVE THE DATE...Tuesday March 2 at 8 pm EST. Scroll down this page to register.

In the meantime, here are some new or refreshed areas to review on the webpage:

  • Bone Health Flash – Lisa Hamilton is sharing news and reviews in the Bone Health world
  • Our first SIG Journal Club will be 1/19/21. More details coming by email.
  • Bone Health Links of Interest: updated in March 2020 for accuracy
  • Please note the list of volunteer colleagues as liaisons and leaders to the SIG
  • Bone Health References has been edited to bring it up to date through 2020. We will be looking for a small workgroup to keep this list current and applicable. Thanks to Kathy Shipp who did the trench work on this update! 
  • A community education presentation is available for downloading
  • A document titled "Osteoporosis & Aquatic Exercise: New Concepts, Updated Research, Novel Techniques" was prepared by Marty Biondi, our liaison to the Academy of Aquatic PT. If you have practice interests from other specialty areas that impact bone health, please consider preparing a similar evidence based document to share on the website.

If you have questions, ideas or other contributions – please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for all you do for your patients, your students and our profession!

Kathy Brewer PT, DPT, MEd, GCS, CEEAA
Chair, AGPT Bone Health Special Interest Group


Bone Health SIG Events

Monday, March 2, 2021

Bone Health SIG Meeting - 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET
Registration is free and required to attend. (registration deadline: Feb. 28)
Register Here
 See the agenda


Bone Health SIG News


Bone Health SIG Member Resources


BONE HEALTH REFERENCES - updated December 2020



Secondary Fracture Prevention - a Multi-stakeholder Coalition Solution for a Current Gap in Treatment

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) assembled a multi-stakeholder coalition including representation from the American Physical Therapy Association to develop clinical recommendations for the optimal prevention of secondary fracture among people aged 65 years and older with a hip or vertebral fracture. Review of this document describes essential strategies requiring collaboration within care management teams addressing education, communication and interventions. "Emphasizing the connection between fracture and osteoporosis elevates the fracture from an unfortunate accident to a sentinel event indicative of an important underlying chronic disorder." There is frequent failure to investigate the diagnosis of osteoporosis and provide the long-term integrated care that this chronic condition requires. Following the first fracture it is imperative to initiate immediate interventions to increase the number of patients receiving appropriate osteoporosis treatment. Physical therapists have a long history of successful intervention for acute osteoporotic fractures, but often do not continue care for lifelong management of these patients. Additionally, the medical management across specialties is frequently inconsistent. Given the treatment gap for comprehensive management of this condition, there are predictable complications which will have lifelong impact on function and quality of life. Therefore, physical therapists must actively embrace this call to action. We are vital members of the multidisciplinary team, and with aggressive evidence based approach to encompass the full scope of therapy interventions throughout the lives of these patients, we can fully support the overall strategies presented by the coalition.

Review the full article: Conley RB, Adib G, et al. (2020). "Secondary Fracture Prevention: Consensus Clinical Recommendations from a Multistakeholder Coalition." J Bone Miner Res 35(1): 36-52. PMID: 31538675 DOI: 10.1002/jbmr.3877


Osteoporosis & Aquatic Exercise: New Concepts, Updated Research, Novel Techniques


Community Bone Health Presentation

Why Start A Community Exercise Program

Please watch Sherri Betz, PT DPT, former chair of the BGSIG in this featured podcast.


Stand TallTM DVD

A new Stand TallTM DVD by Wendy Katzman, DSc, PT, OCS has been produced the UCSF Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center. To order the video, contact


What Are Evidence-Based Exercise Programs and Why Are They Important?

 Download Here


Do It RIGHT! and Prevent Fractures!
The Bone-Healthy Way of Life and Exercise

American Bone Health would like to acknowledge the hard work and determination of the author Sherri Betz, PT, GCS, in bringing this important information to the public. We thank the models Jan and Lee Prawitz, Sue Walters and Joan White, who donated their time to show others how to keep their bones fracture free. We recognize and thank Nancy Abodeely, PT, OCS, for reviewing the final content to ensure we communicated safe and effective activities and exercises. American Bone Health is proud to have the endorsement of the Bone Health Special Interest Group of the APTA Geriatrics, American Physical Therapy Association, for this work.


Sherri Betz presentation of the National Osteoporosis Foundation Webinar: Safe Pilates and Yoga for Bone Health now available.


Bone Health Publications

Contact us with contributions to this site as we build resource material and references on Bone Health and Osteoporosis. References will become part of a Resource Guide on Osteoporosis


Bone Health and Fracture Prevention for Older Adults

Adults who are physically active and do regular exercise have less likelihood of experiencing a fracture. The right exercises and good habits can maximize peak bone mass achieved in youth, maintain bone in adult hood, and reduce bone loss related to aging. Both muscle strengthening and weight-bearing exercise can build and maintain a healthy skeleton. Exercise can also preserve strength and stability to reduce falls and spinal stress that result in fractures. Exercise with hand or cuff weights, gym equipment, or elastic tubing stimulates bone and improves muscle strength. The effect on bone is local or specific to the site of the muscles doing the work. Weight bearing exercise is another way to improve bone density and stay fit. Brisk walking, step aerobics, stair climbing, and jumping are examples. Resistance exercise and weight bearing should be done regularly to provide lasting benefits. Exercises that improve muscle strength, core stability, balance and coordination will help prevent falls. Exercises to improve posture or strengthen the "core" protect against spine fractures resulting from stress on weakened bone. Proper posture and safe body mechanics during all activites will protect the spine against the compressive effects of bending and kyphosis, a rounded spine. Kyphosis is associated with a stooped appearance and loss of height. Fractures of the spine are greater in those with kyphosis regardless of whether there is a history of osteoporosis or fracture. The kyphosis can be reduced with exercises that strengthen and lengthen the spine. Postural supports and bracing are helpful for some individuals. If you have osteoporosis, are at high risk for a fall or fracture, or have a medical condition affecting your ability to exercise, do not start an exercise program without first consulting your physician and a physical therapist.

This resource was created by APTA Geriatrics ( for public education purposes. We encourage distribution and no permissions are necessary.


Bone Health Links of Interest

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