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:

+ Bone Density Testing

State-of-the-art bone densitometers evaluate a person’s risk for osteoporosis and measure current bone mass. A bone density test is a simple, low-dose X-ray test that can easily diagnose osteoporosis. At menopause, all women are urged to discuss the need for a bone density test with their healthcare provider, and all women should have the test by age 65. After the age of 70, all men should also have a bone density test. Please call 845-786-4410 to schedule an appointment for a bone density test, available with a prescription from your doctor.

+ 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. Call the NYSOPEP office at 845-786-4772 or go to www.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.

Both Aquatic Therapy and exercise in the hospital’s Wellness Center, are available to maintain strength and improve posture, balance and flexibility

+ Support Groups

Speakers educate participants about the latest medications, nutrition, exercise, and safety strategies for strong bones. Groups meet at the hospital and at off-site centers.

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

The following people can benefit from having a bone density test or an appointment with our osteoporosis specialists. Individuals with following risk factors for Osteoporosis can benefit from a bone density test or an appointment with our Osteoporosis specialist:

  • I am a woman older than 65 or a man older than 70.
  • I am White or Asian.
  • I am a woman who has reached menopause.
  • A close relative has osteoporosis or has broken a bone.
  • I have broken a bone after 50.
  • I have lost more than 1-1/2 inches of height or have stooped posture.
  • I rarely exercise.
  • I rarely get enough calcium.
  • I smoke.
  • I have more than two drinks of alcohol several times a week.
  • I take steroid medications.
  • I have 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 4410

"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. 4410