Welcome to the Bone Health Special Interest Group! Please visit this page often for access to numerous resources to support your practice in evidence based treatment and education related to bone health AND for SIG news and events.

  • 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.


  • CHAIR: Kathy Brewer, PT, DPT, MEd
  • VICE CHAIR: Kathlene Camp, PT, DPT
  • SECRETARY: Cynthia Barros, PT, DPT



Publications From JGPT For Osteoporosis Now Available

March 23, 2022

Publications from JGPT for Osteoporosis:

BHSIG Welcome Letter – March 2022

February 20, 2022

Welcome back to the BHSIG site! Here’s some news you need to know.

A great deal of scholarly work has been accomplished in the last few years to inform and support evidence based practice for bone health. THANK YOU to these colleagues for amazing contributions.

  • Hartley GW, Roach KE, Nithman RW, Betz SR, Lindsey C, Fuchs RK, Avin KG, (2022). “Physical therapist management of patients with suspected or confirmed osteoporosis: a clinical practice guideline from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy “
  • Avin KG, Nithman RW, Osborne R, Betz SR, Lindsey C (2022). “Essential components of physical therapist management of patients with osteoporosis: a Delphi study.”

Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF, formerly NOF)—launching BoneFit USA initiative – they offered their first virtual classes in October 2021 and Feb 2022. Next option will be in May 2022.  Contact education@bonehealthandosteoporosis.org  for training information.

Please review the minutes from our member meeting 2/15/22. There is a lot of energy brewing toward some action items for CSM 2023 and resources (toolbox?) to make the CPG and Delphi work real in day to day practice. Got ideas??? Let us know!

Volunteers needed:

  • BONE HEALTH REFERENCES. We are in need of 2-3 volunteers to work on this moving forward to keep it current. If you are in the literature on a regular basis in academia, research or program development, this is the perfect spot for you. Kathy Shipp will provide guidance on this process.

Please visit the website often. This is a member resource!

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, CEEAA
Geriatric Certified Specialist
Chair, APTA Geriatrics Bone Health Special Interest Group

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Bone Health SIG Member Resources

BoneFit™ USA

What Is BoneFit™?
BoneFit™ is an evidence-informed exercise training workshop, designed for healthcare professionals and exercise specialists to provide training on the most appropriate, safe and effective methods to prescribe and progress exercise for people with osteoporosis. BoneFit™ includes two different levels of workshops – BoneFit™ Basics and BoneFit™ Clinical. BoneFit™ Basics workshops are aimed at exercise and fitness professionals. BoneFit™ Clinical workshops are aimed at rehabilitation professionals. BoneFit™ was created and launched by Osteoporosis Canada in 2010. BHOF is working with Osteoporosis Canada and the founders of BoneFit™ to bring this training program to the United States.

Get BoneFit™ Trained

Exercise and fitness professionals that work with uncomplicated osteoporosis clients are eligible to participate in BoneFit™ Basics workshops. Rehabilitation professionals working in a clinical environment with simple or complex osteoporosis patients are eligible to participate in the BoneFit™ Clinical workshops. Students in both fields are also welcome to participate.

Each workshop includes two components – online learning modules that need to be completed in advance and in-person training. After completing the online modules and the in-person training, attendees must pass an online quiz with 70% to be officially BoneFit™ Trained. Healthcare professionals may be eligible for continuing education credits for participating in a workshop.

If you are interested in helping grow the BoneFit™ USA initiative by partnering for future workshops or being a BoneFit™ trainer, please contact us at education@bonehealthandosteoporosis.org.

BONE HEALTH REFERENCES – This just in…2021 References update

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 Anthony.Casino@ucsf.edu

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

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.