'Balance Your Osteoporosis' program
This program is designed for individuals with osteoporosis or osteopenia, especially those who know that they should be exercising but are afraid of doing the wrong thing. The program was developed to provide each patient with a safe and effective exercise program, that is evidence-based and researched, so they may confidently participate. Each patient has an individualized program that is based on their needs. It is supervised to ensure you are doing the correct exercise in the correct way, so patients can now confidently exercise and improve their physical ability, build bone strength and reduce fall risk.
Results from the Physical Therapy Assessment are analyzed and used to design the appropriate individualized exercises and the initial safe and effective intensity and duration. Each participant is given their own exercise program to be performed at home.
The exercises are designed to build on one another and will be advanced each week if possible. At the end of the 6-12 weeks, each participant will have a solid exercise program they will be able to perform on their own.
Participants are encouraged to ask questions and seek help for their needs at each session.
An integral part of the program is education in proper exercise technique and body mechanics to reduce forces on the osteoporotic spine to help prevent fractures. Proper performance of every-day activities is emphasized. Also important is an understanding of how strength and balance play a part in reducing fall risk and thus fracture risk. Scientific research regarding nutrition, calcium, Vitamin D and other relevant information is provided formally and informally.
Objective re-testing of the initial assessment items helps determine progress that has been made and determines the progression and/or focus of the on-going program.
Physical Therapy Evaluation: To determine each individual's unique status and needs, a PT Assessment is required. It is performed by a licensed Physical Therapist and takes approximately 1 hour.
The following areas are assessed:
Posture and alignment
Range of motion
Physical Performance Testing