Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to weaken. The weakened bones are more susceptible to fractures and may cause pain during regular activity. Osteoporosis can affect men and women, but postmenopausal women are at higher risk for fractures associated with osteoporosis.

Caring for your bones becomes more important as you age. As you age the body loses more bone than it makes. If too much bone is lost, you may be at risk for fractures. The quality and quantity of bone also decreases with age.

Staying active and increasing your calcium intake can decrease bone loss due to aging. Consult a Northwestern Medicine physician before using calcium supplements and other osteoporosis treatments.

Northwestern Medicine combines skilled care with advanced technologies to help you recover more quickly, stay healthier and grow stronger.


  • Glucocorticoid Induced Osteoporosis
  • Men and Women With Osteoporosis
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Metabolic Bone Disease Associated With Chronic Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Metabolic Bone Disease Associated With Eating Disorders
  • Metabolic Bone Disease Associated With Hypercalciuria
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Osteomalacia
  • Paget's Disease
  • Post-transplant Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Premenopausal Osteoporosis
  • Previous Fractures
  • Primary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Rickets

The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Program

The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Program is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary program designed to address issues related to skeletal health. One in two women and one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.

The goals of this program include:

  • Identifying patients at high risk for developing osteoporosis, a condition associated with reduction in bone strength
  • Prescreening and providing appropriate treatment when indicated
  • Providing modern advanced osteoporosis care to the complex patient, including those with glucocorticoid-induced, post transplant and premenopausal osteoporosis
  • Preventing new and recurrent fractures
  • Increasing awareness in the medical and lay community about osteoporosis and the long-term importance of bone health
  • Participating in clinical research to further advance the knowledge of and treatment options for osteoporosis

Our unique approach focuses on a thorough evaluation of the patient and emphasizes continuity of care. We offer an onsite state-of-the-art densitometer, outpatient clinic staffed with dedicated professionals and inpatient consultations on hospitalized patients.

To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 312.695.1880.

The Joint & Spine Center

Our multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and nutritionists have decades of experience. Working together in this dedicated unit, each team member is specially trained in orthopaedics—which means advanced skill and better care after surgery. Furthermore, they are passionate about getting you on your feet again and back to the life you love—oftentimes within three days of your surgery.

At the Joint & Spine Center, part of the Center for Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Care (CCOSC), you’ll have the best personalized care available, as well as the same amenities you've come to associate with Lake Forest Hospital, including:

  • Private, individually decorated and spacious rooms
  • Fresh Bedside Bistro® room service cuisine
  • Your own personal therapist who will develop training sessions based on your needs
  • Counseling from nutritionists with personal recommendations to improve your lifestyle
  • 24/7 access to a sun-drenched rehabilitative gym on the unit with monitored, personal therapy

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital offers an Osteoporosis CARE (Complete Aerobic and Resistance Exercise and Education) Therapy program. A physical therapist will customize a therapy program designed to educate and train you in all aspects of osteoporosis prevention and treatment, including:

  • Diet
  • Lifestyle and body change
  • Medical intervention guidance
  • Weight-bearing exercise
To schedule an appointment at the Lake Forest Hospital CCOSC, please call 847.535.8500.

To schedule an appointment at the Glenview CCOSC, please call 847.724.4536.

Bone Health Clinic

Northwestern Medicine Orthopaedics has a fragility liaison service and bone health clinic to focus on osteoporosis. Our primary goal is to keep you from having fragility fractures.

What we do:

  • Discuss your medical history and perform a physical exam to evaluate risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures
  • Coordinate lab and radiology services to assess your bone health
  • When indicated, we prescribe medication to strengthen your bones and help decrease your risk of fracture
  • Educate you about your disease, and teach you about exercise and fall prevention
  • If you have sustained a fragility fracture, we coordinate your care to reduce your future fracture risk and prevent secondary fractures

To schedule an appointment at the Bone Health Clinic, call 630.225.2478.

Integrated Spine Program

The spine specialists from Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital offer the latest advances in spine care at convenient office locations in the western suburbs. Including:

Northwestern Medicine Convenient Care Bartlett
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Carol Stream
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Geneva
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Glen Ellyn
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Naperville
Northwestern Medicine Convenient Care St. Charles
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Warrenville
Northwestern Regional Medical Group Winfield

Our spine specialists blend innovation and skill to help restore your movement and improve your quality of life. We offer comprehensive back pain management plans to help you overcome spine problems, so you can enjoy life with less pain. The Northwestern Medicine spine specialists are a highly-experienced, collaborative team comprised of board-certified physicians including neurosurgeons, orthopaedic spine surgeons, and physical medicine specialists, as well as nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and chiropractors, all with training and experience in spine, back and neck care.