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.

Meet the Teams

Northwestern Medicine Spine Surgeons Dr. Tyler Koski and Alpesh Patel reviewing a patient
The Northwestern Medicine Osteoporosis Program has specialists in the treatment of osteoporotic diseases. With state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical facilities, these physicians help ensure more accurate diagnoses and better patient outcomes.


  • 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

Click here to learn more about the Center for Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Care.

Specialists at the Center for Orthopaedic and Spine Care can also be seen at the following locations:

Northwestern Medicine River Forest
420 Thatcher Ave.
River Forest, IL 60305

Northwestern Medicine Elmhurst
1200 S. York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

The Joint 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 Center, 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

To schedule an appointment with your orthopaedic surgeon please call 847.535.8500.

To schedule an appointment for therapy services please call 847.535.8000.

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.