Cleveland Clinic's Osteoporosis and Bone Health Rehabilitation Program serves any patient in need of outpatient physical therapy or occupational therapy services for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, low bone mineral density and fracture in order to affect positively the pathophysiology, impairments, functional limitations and disabilities of the disease as well as risk reduction, prevention and overall wellness.
Cleveland Clinic's Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy provides the highest standard of care for the prevention and treatment of low bone mineral density. Our specially trained therapists systematically and effectively provide expert evaluation, treatment, and education. The therapists collaborate with physicians and other health care providers to deliver quality, evidence-based care with integrity, compassion and commitment.
Who is osteoporosis and bone health rehabilitation program for?
If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or low bone density (previously called osteopenia) our specially trained therapist will care for your specific conditions. Bone loss can occur in men and women and at any age. When bone density or bone quality is reduced the skeletal structure becomes fragile. This can lead to an increased risk of fractures. These fractures occur most often in the spine, hip and wrist.
Therapy sessions are customized to meet your individual needs, and are specifically designed to produce the best possible results.
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis and Low Bone Density include:
- Sex (Female > Male)
- Older age
- Family history
- Thin and short stature
- Prior Fracture
- Postmenopausal/Perimenopausal women
- Pubescent amenorrhea
- Medications, such as steroids
- Other diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, GI disease, anorexia nervosa
Appropriate diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
- Low Bone Density (previously called Osteopenia)
- History of fall and/or fractures
- Postural changes
- Back and/or joint pain
- Compression fracture
What does osteoporosis and bone health rehabilitation program involve?
After a thorough evaluation and development of a plan of care, treatment may consist of:
- Strengthening of site specific muscles including the back and hips
- Weight-bearing exercises
- Postural correction
- Body mechanics training
- Balance exercises for fall prevention
- Up-to date spinal fracture management
How long will osteoporosis and bone health rehabilitation program take?
The plan of care is developed specifically to the individual’s needs and goals defined by the patient and evaluating therapist.
What type of recovery/outcome can I expect from osteoporosis and bone health rehabilitation program?
Potential expected outcomes from participation in the osteoporosis and bone health rehabilitation Program include:
- Decreased Pain
- Improved Mobility
- Improved Posture
- Possible Bone Building/Reduction of Bone Loss