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Bone Health Program: for patients with Osteopenia, Osteoporosis and Low Bone Density

In memory of Milena Konje

East Gwillimbury Physiotherapy is pleased to offer this service at our Newmarket location.

Bone Health Program

This program has been developed and implemented by Physiotherapists and scientists to assist those individuals diagnosed with Osteopenia, Osteoporosis and Low Bone Density in Newmarket and East Gwillimbury and the surrounding region, to aid in their understanding about:

  • Bone structure and bone health
  • How to improve their bone quality and bone density scores
  • How to prevent falls and fractures and
  • To understand what is appropriate and effective rehabilitation exercises and activities to promote bone health and to maintain an active lifestyle safely.

Is bone health relevant to me? I am in my 30’s

If you have a family history of an osteoporotic fracture (especially a mother that had a hip fracture) this is considered a major risk factor for Osteoporosis. Do also browse the major rist factors for Osteoporosis. Do you currently have any of these diagnoses or are you using medication that puts you at risk? In addition, any family history of Osteoporosis would be a flag that you should speak with your general Physician and a Physiotherapist to discuss an appropriate plan of prevention for you.

Do I have to start now or wait till I am 65?

It is never too early or too late to start. Take a look at the risk factors below to determine how imminent your action should be.

Major risk factors for Osteoporosis

listed in based on the most up to date research:

  • Over age 65
  • Vertebral compression fracture
  • Family history of osteoporotic fracture
  • Glucocorticoid therapy for more than five months continuously
  • Primary hyperparathyroidism
  • Conditions that inhibit nutrient absorption (Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease)
  • Tendency to fall
  • Osteopenia on radiograph (X-ray)
  • Hypogonadism/low sex hormones
  • Early menopause (<45 years of age)

Minor risk factors for Osteoporosis include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • History of clinical hyperthyroidism
  • Long term anticonvulsant use or heparin use
  • Weight loss of more than 10% from weight at age 25
  • Weight less than 125 pounds
  • Smoking
  • Excess alcohol intake (over 2 drinks / day)
  • Excess caffeine intake (over 4 cups / day)
  • Low calcium intake

East Gwillimbury Physiotherapy’s Bone Health Program consists of a free information session on the basics

As well as a comprehensive program to ensure each individual is on the right path to improving their bone health status and preventing falls and fractures based on their unique life story and interests.

Please contact us at East Gwillimbury Physiotherapy Newmarket location or Holland Landing location for this specialised program. We are accessible to residents from Newmarket, East Gwillimbury, Bradford, Aurora and York/Simcoe region.

This program is relevant to individuals with the following diagnosed conditions and the following prescription medications (the following lists medications and conditions associated with low bone mineral density):

  • Anorexia
  • Celiac disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • COPD
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • CVA
  • Depression
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Female Athlete Triad
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastrointestinal bypass procedures
  • Haemophilia
  • HIV infection
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypogonadism
  • Intestinal disorders/malabsorption
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Liver disease
  • Lupus
  • Lymphoma and leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  •  Muscular dystrophy
  • Occupational lead exposure
  • Organ transplants
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Para/quadriplegic
  • Parkinson’s
  • Post polio
  • Prolonged bed rest/immobility
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Skin disorders
  • Thalassaemia
  • Thyrotoxicosis
  • Vitamin D insufficiency


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