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Physical Therapy for Osteoporosis

The physical therapists of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Virginia Hospital Center provide physical therapy for osteoporosis and osteopenia. During your first visit you will be evaluated and assessed for posture, range of motion, strength, movement patterns, and balance. You may also be assessed for your need for spinal bracing. The physical therapist will provide hands-on assessment, posture and movement education, home exercises and treatment that address your individual goals and treatment plan. Additionally, the department at times offers a class series entitledKeys to Staying Healthy with Osteoporosis”.

The Osteoporosis Therapy team

Our physical therapists have additional training in addressing problems of thin or weak bones and use The Meeks Method for Exercise and Movement:

Dana Edwards, PT, Cert. MDT

B.S. in Physical Therapy, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Outpatient Physical Therapy: Spine, Osteoporosis, Vestibular
Additional Training/Certifications: McKenzie® Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment Certified, Level 1 Certified and Level 3 Trained in The Meeks Method®, STAR Clinician® Certified (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation), APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Elaine Stewart, MPT, Cert. MDT, Rehabilitation Coordinator

B.S. in Clinical Science from Ithaca College M.S. in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College
Outpatient Physical Therapy: Spine, Osteoporosis
Additional Training/Certifications: McKenzie® Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment Certified, Level 3 Trained in The Meeks Method®, STAR Clinician® Certified (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation), APTA-Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Common Diagnosis seen by the Osteoporosis Therapy team

  • Osteoporosis
  • Poor posture
  • Kyphosis
  • Back or neck pain
  • History of fractures

Specialized Care Services or Equipment

  • Real-time ultrasound is used to provide feedback to the patient and physical therapist to improve activation of specific muscles to gain optimal conditioning of core musculature. The advantage of the Real Time Ultrasound is that it can be used as the patient performs different activities in order to avoid abnormal muscle patterns.
  • NeuroCom® SMART Balance Master®
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    Phone: 703.558.6507
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    Monday - Thursday
    7:30 am - 6:00 pm

    Friday
    7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Important Requirement

    To use Outpatient Rehabilitation services at Virginia Hospital Center,
    a written prescription or referral dated in the last 30 days from your physician is required.
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