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. 







  • Pending


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.



  • Articulate basic information on Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, including first signs and risk factors, epidemiology and pathology for these conditions and know how to identify people who may be at risk in their own clinic.
  • Apply the concept of the Patterns of Postural Change© as it applies to exercise prescription in the P.T. clinic and articulate guidelines for exercise and fitness classes.
  • Articulate the elements of thorough pre-assessment and assessment procedures for persons with known or suspected osteopenia and/or osteoporosis.  Perform and interpret the REEDCO Posture Score.
  • Articulate the principles of movement and philosophy of the exercise program, be able to perform and teach the exercises, including site specific strengthening/flexibility exercises, postural correction, balance and gait.
  • Instruct patients in ADL's and body mechanics with guidelines appropriate for the geriatric population and for people with Osteoporosis.
  • Articulate the suggested use of effective modalities and specific treatments that are used to augment the exercise program.
  • Know when and how to make referrals to other health professionals as indicated by patient condition.
  • Advise patients on exercise programs that they may currently be doing (e.g., Aerobics classes, Gym machines, Senior classes, Pilates, Yoga, T'ai Chi, Aquatherapy) so that they will be as safe as possible in other environments.
  • Identify specific treatment guidelines and considerations for patients in acute, sub-acute, rehab, outpatient, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility and home care settings.


  • $475



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

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