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March 2-3, 2013

Osteoporosis: A Comprehensive Treatment Strategy Level 1

Co-Sponsored with Sara M. Meeks PT, MS, GCS, KYT

McConnell Heart Health Center, 3773 Olentangy River Road, Columbus OH



In this two day course, Sara presents a comprehensive approach to the management of persons with osteoporosis, osteopenia, and postural problems which is also useful for spinal stenosis and back pain.  Included is regularly up-dated information on definitions, pathology and epidemiology of osteoporosis.  The program includes a complete patient assessment, site-specific exercise program, postural correction, balance, gait, body mechanics during activities of daily living, use of foam rollers for balance and core strengthening, scapular stabilization exercises with resistance band, information on use of treatment modalities as they pertain to osteoporosis, and guidelines for advanced exercises (e.g., in the gym, Yoga, Pilates etc.) Therapists who take this course can then give good advice to patients seeking information about safety in movement in environments other than the physical therapy clinic. This course has been approved for CEU's in many states and has been taught at both APTA Annual Conference and Combined Sections Meeting as a pre-conference course. 








Description and Relevance to Clinical Practice

Osteoporosis is occurring in epidemic proportions around the world in children, young adults, the elderly, men and women.  Rehab professionals regularly see patients with osteoporosis in their treatment settings; yet, they seldom get osteoporosis as part of the patient's diagnosis.

Safe management of this condition is imperative both from the standpoint of  preventing fracture in the patient population and also from the standpoint of a reduction in the financial impact to the patient and to society. When a patient sustains a vertebral compression or hip fracture, quality of life changes dramatically and the mortality rate and costs are very high.

In this course OSTEOPOROSIS: A Comprehensive Treatment Strategy, an innovative, effective, safe, site-specific comprehensive program for Physical Therapy management of the patient with osteoporosis is presented. All levels are continually updated with the latest literature and information on bone health.

The therapist who completes this course will be able to identify an at-risk population in the treatment setting, will be able to treat safely and according to identified Patterns of Postural Change© and will be able to make appropriate referrals as indicated and necessary.  They will also be able to guide patients in appropriate movement choices in the gym and other exercise settings.






Registration has closed. Please call the OPTA office 614-855-4109 to be put on a waiting list.

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