Specialist conducting hip bone density test on a patient

Osteoporosis Treatment

A Comprehensive Approach to Osteoporosis Care

Helen Hayes Hospital is internationally recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weakening of the bones and a loss of bone mass, often resulting in debilitating fractures and disability. Affecting both males and females, the disorder is most prevalent among post-menopausal women.


The Osteoporosis Treatment program provides a full range of services including:

+ Education

New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program (NYSOPEP): As the Statewide Osteoporosis Resource Center, the team at Helen Hayes Hospital is a leader in educating healthcare professionals, other public health educators and the public about the causes of osteoporosis, the value of prevention, early diagnosis, and options for treatment. NYSOPEP professionals are responsible for developing and disseminating current and accurate information about osteoporosis, as well as establishing and providing training and education programs. Visit www.NYSOPEP.org, call the NYSOPEP office at 845-786-4772, or email info@nysopep.org for more information.

+ Physical Therapy

Therapists who specialize in exercise and nutrition for bone health, postural strengthening, balance training, and rehabilitation following a fracture are available in inpatient and outpatient departments.

+ Exercise Classes

Strong Bones Stronger Me is an evidence based exercise program designed for individuals with Osteoporosis. Call 845-786-4772 or email info@nysopep.org for more information.

Exercise in the hospital’s Wellness Center, are available to maintain strength and improve posture, balance and flexibility

+ Support Groups

The osteoporosis support and education group meets every third Thursday of the month. Speakers educate participants about the latest medications, nutrition, exercise, fall prevention, and safety strategies for strong bones.

Our Staff

The Osteoporosis Center is staffed by a diversified team of specialists, including a physician with specialties in endocrinology and internal medicine, radiation technologists, and physical therapists.

Who Can Benefit

Individuals with following risk factors for osteoporosis can benefit from a bone density test or an appointment with our osteoporosis specialist:

  • Women older than 65 or men older than 70
  • People of White or Asian races
  • Women who have reached menopause
  • Family history of osteoporosis or fractures
  • Fracture after the age of 50
  • Loss of more than 1 1/2 inches of height
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Lack of calcium-rich diet
  • Smoking
  • Taking more than two drinks of alcohol several times a week
  • Use of steroid medications
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

In addition to osteoporosis, the program can help individuals with other metabolic bone diseases, such as Paget’s disease, renal bone disease, osteomalacia (rickets), parathyroid disorders, or osteogenesis imperfecta.

For information on Osteoporosis Treatment at Helen Hayes Hospital, or to schedule an appointment for a bone density test call:

1-888-70-REHAB, ext 4194

"You gave me the help I needed to recover and rebuild my confidence in myself to handle the challenges I’m about to embark on for the rest of my life." 

For more information, please contact the
Helen Hayes Hospital Osteoporosis Center:

1-888-70-REHAB ext. 4194