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Programs & Services

Osteoporosis Physical Therapy Program

This virtual education and exercise program is for people who have osteoporosis(verified with bone density test).

The program includes 90-minute classes for five to seven weeks depending on scheduling. Classes consist of educational lectures and practical exercise demonstrations by a Physical Therapist, allowing time for observation of participants performing the exercises. Sessions may include a Registered Dietician and Pharmacist. The virtual format allows for eight participants each session. Program and class information can be found on our Covenant Health program webpage. There is no fee for the program.

Practical sessions cover:

  • correct posture
  • lifting techniques
  • lower abdominal activation exercises
  • gentle spinal decompression exercises
  • flexibility exercises
  • upper and lower body strenghtening

Course content includes:

  • osteoporosis and its effect on the body
  • back care
  • how to safely carry out everyday tasks
  • types of lifts and correct lifting techniques
  • fall prevention and home safety recommendations
  • fitness guidelines, including aerobic and strengthening exercises
  • how to start and progress a walking program
  • balance activities
  • tips on how to exercise safely
  • proper nutrition to support bone health
  • medications for osteoporosis and their effects

Contact Details

Misericordia Community Hospital

Location Info
Room B-040, Physical Therapy Department
16940 87 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5R 4H5
Getting There

Public Parking available Main Hospital Visitor Parking.

Accessible parking availble on south side of Mother Rosalie Health Services Centre.

Public transportation is available on 87 Ave.

Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Phone for current status of program.

Classes are 2 hours and are offered once weekly for 7 weeks. Times of classes may vary and change; you will be offered available class times at time of booking.

Classes are held in the fall and spring. Call for information.

Service Providers May Include
pharmacists, physical therapists, dieticians

Potential registrants must be a resident of Alberta and have a diagnosed osteoporotic condition (confirmed by a bone density test; FRAX; other) indicated on a physician’s prescription.

Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

Referred patients are placed on a waiting list until they complete and submit an Osteoporosis Questionnaire (printed from the program webpage).

Wait Times

An estimated wait time will be provided at the time of appointment booking.

Service Languages
Interpreter/Translation services
Also Known As
Osteoporosis Program