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.

    Join the January Journal Club on Long-Term Efficacy of Treatment Effects After a Kyphosis Exercise and Posture Training Intervention in Older Community-Dwelling Adults: A Cohort Study


  • CHAIR: Kathy Brewer, PT, DPT, GCS, MEd, CEEAA
  • VICE CHAIR: Lisa Hamilton
  • SECRETARY: Kathlene Camp

Bone Health SIG News

Bone Health related courses at CSM:

  • APTA Geriatrics Awards Ceremony and Members Meeting
    • Thursday February 3, 6:30-8:30 PM. Grand Hyatt – Lone Star Salon AB
  • GR-10642 – Bone Health: Applications for Prevention and Intervention Across Practice Specialties, Friday, February 4, 2022, 3-5 PM.
    • o Primary Speaker: Nancy Claire Cullinane.
    • o Co-Speakers: Kathryn K. Brewer, Cynthia Jean Watson, Stephanie Maire Prinster, Carleen Lindsey.
    • Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center – 302
  • GR-10942 – APTA Geriatrics Evidence-Based Guidelines for Osteoporosis, Saturday, February 5, 2022, 8-10 AM.
    • o Primary Speaker: Keith Gerard Avin.
    • o Co-Speakers: Kathryn Elizabeth Roach, Sherri R. Betz, Carleen Lindsey, Robert Nithman, Gregory W. Hartley.
    • Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center – Stars at Night BR 4
  • GR-10637 – Osteoporosis Screening Tools: GeriEDGE Scoping Review Results, Saturday, February 5, 2022, 8-10 AM.
    • o Primary Speaker: Kent Edward Irwin.
    • o Co-Speakers: Emma Louise Phillips, Puneet Dhaliwal, Christina Freshman, Michelle G. Criss.
    • Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center – 302


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

Election results:

  • Welcome to Cynthia Barros, joining our leadership team as Secretary in 2022. Cynthia is working at James A Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa FL.
  • Kathleen Camp is stepping into a new role as Vice Chair in 2022. Kat works at University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. She has been serving as Secretary for BHSIG the last 2 years.

Thank you to all who stepped up to run in the election. We value your participation wherever you serve and look forward to your contributions.

Keep track of current events and recent literature on the Bone Health Flash – Lisa Hamilton, SIG Vice Chair has taken on this monthly news in the Bone Health world. If you have contributions please send to Lisa!

We are already planning for the annual SIG Journal Club in January 2022. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 7-8:30 pm (CST). Dr. Wendy Katzman will be sharing the results of her and her colleagues’ study, Long-Term Efficacy of Treatment Effects After a Kyphosis Exercise and Posture Training Intervention in Older Community-Dwelling Adults: A Cohort Study. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy: July/September2021-Volume44-Issue3. This will be followed by a presentation by Lynne Hughes PT, PhD, Associate Professor UTMB Galveston with applications from her clinical work in hyperkyphosis.

CSM 2022 – Plan now! San Antonio Feb 2-5.

Bone Health topics:

  • GR-10642 “Bone Health: Applications for Prevention and Intervention across Practice Specialties” – Nancy Cullinane,  Carleen Lindsey, Cynthia Watson and Stephanie Prinster. Fri Feb 4, 2022 at 3-5pm
  • GR-10942 “APTA Geriatrics Evidence-Based Guidelines for Osteoporosis” – Keith Avin, Kathryn Roach, Sherri Betz, Carleen Lindsey, Robert Nithman, Greg Hartley. Thurs Feb 3, 2022 at 3-5pm
  • GR-10637 “Osteoporosis Screening Tools: GeriEDGE Scoping Review Results” – Kent Irwin, Emma Louise Phillips, Puneet Dhaliwal, Christina Freshman, Michelle Criss. Sat Feb 5, 2022 at 8-10am

APTA Geriatrics Awards Ceremony and Members meeting. Thurs Feb 3, 2022 at 6:30-8:30pm

Volunteers needed: Contact Kathy Brewer ptkkb55@gmail.com

 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.

Step up to be the Student Liaison for BHSIG

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

Bone Health SIG Newsletters


Bone Health SIG Member Resources

BoneFit™  is an evidence-informed exercise training workshop, designed for exercise practitioners, to provide training on the most appropriate, safe, and effective methods to prescribe and progress exercise for people with osteoporosis.

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 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.