At some point during their careers, almost all PTs and OTs will work with patients who have Osteoporosis. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 54 million Americans have Osteoporosis or low bone mass (Osteopenia) which places them at risk for fragility fractures. Studies suggest that approximately one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will sustain such fractures. Osteoporosis also occurs in those under 50-adults, teenagers, and even children.
As therapists, we work with many different types of diagnoses. Osteoporosis may be present as a secondary diagnosis or in fact, undiagnosed. Prescribing the wrong exercises can, at the very least, be ineffective and at worst cause more harm. How do we ensure that we are screening for osteoporosis and creating a program that is safe, effective, and meets the needs of each patient?
This interactive course includes 2 hours of pre-recording plus 4 hours in person lecture, lab activities, and case studies. Participants will leave with an appreciation of the scope of the problems, specific tests for evaluating patients, and appropriate safe exercises. Evidence based research, along with critical thinking will provide an understanding of the unique challenges of the osteoporotic population.
Participants will have the opportunity to experience Osteoporosis-safe exercises in their own bodies and learn visual imagery techniques. This provides patients with optimal alignment training and reduces compensatory strategies which put them at risk for future fractures. Participants will be able to explain the various tests for osteoporosis to patients and provide them with education and a safety checklist when going to the gym or other fitness programs after therapy.
This course is designed for immediate application on Monday morning.