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Wheeling Hospital Offers Osteoporosis Exercise Program

January 27, 2021

WHEELING, WV – A new program begun by Wheeling Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department will help patients diagnosed with osteoporosis, or at risk of developing it, reduce the risk for bone fractures.

The ultimate goal with exercise and osteoporosis is fracture prevention. The most common fracture sites with osteoporosis are the vertebral bodies, hip, wrist, ribs and pelvis. Falls in the elderly also may result in fractures.

“Exercise can improve bone strength and decrease fracture risk,” Dr. Tom McFadden, physical therapist, said. “It is well established that inactivity results in loss of bone mass, which can increase fracture risk. The two types of exercise that increase bone density are weight bearing and resistive exercises.”

Patients in the Physical Therapy wellness and intervention program will have an initial evaluation that includes strength, range of motion, posture, mobility and balance. Intervention will consist of specific postural and weight bearing exercises and instruction regarding body mechanics during daily activities.

Recommendations also will be made for generalized exercise and activity.
The program will include one or two follow-up visits after the evaluation. If participants are determine to be at risk for falling, recommendations may be made for referral to the Dizziness and Balance Center.

McFadden said, “The overall goals of the program are to improve or slow the rate of bone mass, decrease the risk of fractures, improve posture and instruct individuals in proper body mechanics during lifting and daily activities.”

A physician referral is needed for participation in the program. For more information, call the Physical Therapy Department at 304-243-3307.

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