The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers physical therapy services to individuals with or at risk for osteoporosis. Individuals with osteoporosis have an increased chance of fracture in the spine, hip, wrist, and other areas.
Spine fractures can cause pain and an increased curve of the spine. Most hip fractures are due to a fall. Following a hip fracture, many people have great difficulty returning to their normal activities.
People with osteoporosis are more prone to another fracture once one fracture has occurred. Osteoporosis services include a physical therapy evaluation and treatment. The evaluation includes an assessment of posture, body mechanics, balance and risk of falls. Treatment includes an individualized program based on the findings of the evaluation as well as education to reduce the risk of fracture.
Men and women with low bone density or osteoporosis.
Regular exercise for a person with osteoporosis can decrease the risk of a fracture through improved posture, body mechanics, and balance which can decrease the risk for a fall. You may also feel stronger and more flexible which can improve how you do your daily activities.
A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.
NYSOPEP (New York State Osteoporosis Prevention & Education Program)