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Osteoporosis Management: A Comprehensive Approach for Healthcare Professionals

Osteoporosis Management: A Comprehensive Approach for Healthcare Professionals

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Price: $425
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15

At some point during their careers, almost all PTs and OTs will work with patients who have Osteoporosis or low bone mass. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 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 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 two day interactive course includes lecture and lab activities along with case studies. Participants will leave with an understanding of the scope of the problems, specific tests for evaluating patients, appropriate safe exercises and dosing, basic nutrition, and ideas for marketing your Osteoporosis program. Evidence based research, along with critical thinking will provide an understanding of the unique challenges of the osteoporotic population.

You will have the opportunity to experience Osteoporosis-safe exercises in your own body and learn visual imagery techniques. This provides your patients with optimal alignment and reduces compensatory strategies which put them at risk for future fractures. You will be able to explain the various tests for osteoporosis to your 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.




Recorded video lectures to be viewed in-full prior to the course:

1. Laying the Foundation for Management of the Osteoporosis Patient - (59 mins)

2. The Physical Therapy Management of the Osteoporosis Patient and Why We have SO MUCH To Offer (67 mins)

Day One:

8:00 Welcome and review Pre-Read. Alignment
8:30 Sitting 
8:45 Lab 1: Evaluation Procedures
10:00 Break 
10:15 Lab 2: Exercises: Supine.  Breakout rooms
11:45 Lab 3: Exercises: Resistance Band 
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Lab 4: Posture, Balance, Gait- Visual Imagery
2:00 Lab 5: Exercises: Prone and Side-lying.  Breakout rooms
3:00 Q & A 
3:30 Adjourn






 Day Two:

8:00 Homework Discussion, Review Day 1
8:30 Medication / 4 Groups / Patient Examples
9:00 Spinomed Orthosis, LiV vibration
9:45 Break
10:00 Lab 6: Exercises: Vertical.  Breakout rooms 
10:45 Marketing Ideas / Referral Sources / Reimbursement
11:15 Lab 7: ADLs
11:45 Nutrition
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Sleep Hygiene / Relaxation
1:00 Lab 8: Advanced Exercises: Life after Therapy
2:00 Lab 9: Case Reports. Breakout rooms
3:00 Discussion/ Q&A
3:30 Adjourn


The student should be able to:

1. Identify the following in regards to osteoporosis:

    1. Epidemiology
    2. 3 first signs
    3. 3 risk factors
    4. Pathology

2. List 3 valid, reliable measures as a part of a thorough evaluation process of the Osteoporosis patient.

3. Explain a reason why an intervention for better bone health according to clinical conditions is more effective than with DXA scan or T-score alone.

4. Identify 2 lifestyle choices or life events that can impact one’s posture more profoundly than normal aging. 

5. Be able to design a 6 week osteoporosis safe program incorporating all of the following:

  1. Postural correction
  2. Falls prevention
  3. 2 recommendations on how to reduce the risk of compression fracture

6. Compare and contrast the management of an osteoporosis patient with a compression fracture versus a non-compression fracture.

7. Explain the importance of optimal nutrition for better bone health

8. Be able to instruct patients in body mechanics and ADLs using:

  1. Optimal spinal alignment
  2. Hip hinging
  3. Perch posture
  4. Foot press

9. List at least 3 marketing strategies to promote your own osteoporosis program.

10. Identify at least 3 clinical concepts created from current research regarding management of the osteoporosis patient.

11. Explain how to modify (step up or step down) a program based on patient presentation.

12. Describe at least 2 safe avenues of exercise for a patient after discharge from physical therapy.

13. Be able to explain the action of anti-resorptive and anabolic medications for treatment of osteoporosis.

14. Describe the 2 types of mechanical forces which are effective in developing or maintaining bone strength