Osteoporosis is a condition that can cause bones to become fragile and can often put one at risk for a fracture. The most common areas affected by this are the spine, hips, and wrists. Osteoporosis can also lead to postural changes which can cause neck or back pain.
An evaluation here will include a thorough history, analysis of your gait and posture, range of motion and strength measurements, and a general balance assessment.
During your treatment sessions we will instruct you in a home exercise program that will include stretching, strengthening, and weight bearing exercises. We will also instruct you in proper body mechanics and safe postures to use during your activities of daily living. Modalities such as heat, ice, massage, and estim will be used when appropriate.
It is important to work with a Physical Therapist who has been trained how to treat patients with Osteoporosis. There are specific exercises that are helpful to strengthening the spine, hips, and other areas while considering the fragility of the bones.
Our staff therapist and Assistant Clinic Manager Sara Dranetz, PT has extensive experience in Osteoporosis and has advanced training in the Meeks Method for exercise and movement. She has a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and started with the practice in 1999. Sara is happy to schedule evaluations and treatment at our Danvers office with your physicians' recommendation and prescription. To schedule an appointment with Sara please call us at 978-750-8188 and request an Osteoporosis evaluation.