This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.
Fifty four million Americans are living with or at-risk of osteoporosis and low bone mass, resulting in two million fractures every year. Physical therapists have a vital contribution to patient education and intervention both before and after fracture to improve posture, core and spinal extension strength, balance/coordination and muscle strength reducing fall risk and risk for fracture. Collegial partnerships with referring physicians in primary care, PM&R, endocrinology and gynecology are essential. Special populations from transplant, oncology and gastroenterology are also important to address. This course, the final in a three-part series, focuses on effective therapeutic interventions for the older adult with osteoporosis.
Dr. Brewer is a dedicated clinician and educator with over 35 years of experience in a variety of settings including acute, outpatient, home care, long term care/SNF and public health programs with an emphasis in geriatric care, education and administration. She frequently writes and presents these topics in local, state and national PT and community educational programs. Dr. Brewer currently practices at Mayo Clinic as the Therapy Clinical Education Specialist and Director of the PT Geriatric Residency program. She was recently awarded the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Allied Health Educator of the year in 2015. She graduated with her degree in Physical Therapy from Ohio State University and received her Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati. Her DPT is from Temple University.
In the first chapter of this course, participants will learn to integrate the pathophysiology of osteoporosis with principles of weight bearing and strength training exercise, in order to design an appropriate therapy intervention for older adults with osteoporosis.
Dr. Brewer demonstrates how to determine selection and utilization of appropriate manual techniques for management of tissue restrictions, joint hypomobility and pain.
In Chapter Three, Dr. Brewer discusses modifications to lifestyle and behavior that can reduce the risk of fracture. Participants will gain a better understanding of the therapist’s role for support and resources available for lifestyle changes.