First things first
Research shows that weight bearing exercises can effectively build and strengthen weakened bone structures. If you have been referred to our B.O.N.E. Program (Beat Osteoporosis Now with Exercise!), during your first visit, we will conduct an extensive evaluation of your specific requirements so that we can assess your balance, strength and mobility. Then we treat bone density conditions using a three-pronged approach.
Helping you strengthen your bones through education, exercise and physician support
Education: We’ll work closely with you to educate you about your specific condition and about important measures you can take to reduce your risk of falls and fractures.
Exercise: Once your specific issues have been defined, we tailor our program to address those deficits through weight-bearing exercises to help you develop upper and lower body strength, along with balance training. In addition, our orthopedic therapists are specially trained in The Meeks Method of therapy. This comprehensive approach, which was developed by well-known physical therapist, Sara Meeks, is designed specifically for patients with osteoporosis, osteopenia and postural problems such as spinal stenosis and back pain. You may even choose to transition into a performance program in the Center For Athletes to work with Certified Athletic Trainers and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists to enhance your strength and further reduce your risk of injury or fracture.
Physician support: In order to be a patient in our program, we do require a referral from your doctor. Then, throughout your therapy program, we stay in close contact with your physician, who oversees all of your medical care, including bone imaging and medication management. Our staff also works closely with Women’s Life Imaging Center, which offers bone density testing for men and women. The ultimate goal of the program is to rebuild and strengthen your bones so that you can stay safer as you do the activities most important to you!
Bone Density Testing: A Snapshot of Bone Health
You can easily find out how healthy your bones are—and whether you’re at risk for debilitating bone diseases like osteoporosis—by undergoing a bone density test. It’s a painless exam that just takes less than 15 minutes. If you are interested in learning about bone density testing, ask one of our therapists or your doctor for a referral to Women’s Life Imaging Center. The Center is located close by and provides bone density testing for both men and women.
What can a bone density test tell me?
A lot. It can tell you whether or not you have osteopenia—lower bone density. Such a condition can lead to bone fragility, which can increase your chances for fractures. It can also tell you if you have osteoporosis, a debilitating bone disease that occurs when you lose too much bone, make too little or both. Osteoporotic bones are much more apt to break—in fact, people with severe osteoporosis can even break a bone by simply bumping into furniture.