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Osteoporosis Management - Remote Course - September 19-20, 2020 8:00am-3:30pm Pacific Time

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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.




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

Attending a remote course is easy and safe, and you can do it entirely from the security and comfort of your own home or clinic without having to find a lab partner.


Important thing to note: 

- To attend a remote Herman & Wallace course, registrants will need Zoom video conferencing software. This is a requirement. One can create an account and download the software to their computer at https://zoom.us/

- We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our remote course start and end times (this is not the case for in-person and satellite lab locations). Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.

- A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.

- Still have questions about Remote Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Courses

Deb Gulbrandson, PT, DPT

Deb Gulbretson

Dr. Gulbrandson has been a physical therapist for over 42 years with experience in acute care, home health, pediatrics, geriatrics, sports medicine and consulting to business and industry. She has owned a private practice for over 26 years and recently merged with a health care system to devote more time to teaching and checking off her Bucket List of visiting every national park in the country. She’s currently at 26 out of 59. She and her husband, Gil, an orthotist own Gulbrandson Orthotics in Cary, IL. Dr Gulbrandson frequently presents community talks on topics related to Osteoporosis and safe ways to develop Core Strength. A graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Physical Therapy, she received her DPT in 2011 from Evidence in Motion. She is a member of the APTA Geriatric and Private Practice Sections and was a member of the Editorial Board for 9 years. She currently serves on the Annual Conference Committee for PPS. She received her certification in Pilates from Polestar Pilates in 2005 and is a Certified Osteoporosis Exercise Specialist using the Meeks Method. She is currently pursuing her CEEAA (Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult) through the Geriatric section of the APTA.