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

Common Diagnosis seen by the Osteoporosis Therapy team

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

Specialized Care Services or Equipment

  • Real-time Ultrasound is used to look at how different layers of muscles contract and relax. It is also used to assess muscle activation when compared to the other side of the body. Real time ultrasound can help to restore normal muscle function by giving immediate visual feedback.
    Some of the conditions that could benefit from physical therapy with Real Time Ultrasound:
    • Low back pain
    • Pregnancy related back pain
    • Hip and groin pain
    • Pelvic floor disorders
    • Shoulder girdle dysfunctions


  • NeuroCom® SMART Balance Master®

The Osteoporosis Therapy team

Dana Edwards, PT, Cert. MDT

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

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: Osteoporosis, Spine
Additional Training/Certifications: APTA-Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor, McKenzie® Mechanical Diagnosis & Treatment Certified, Level 3 Trained in The Meeks Method®, STAR Clinician® Certified (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation)

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