Bone Health Physical Therapy

Bone Health Physical Therapy Providing Bone Health knowledge and Physical Therapy services to those with Postural Change, Bone Density loss, and Chronic Pain in Northern Virginia

It will be interesting to see what comes of this preliminary study
02/05/2024

It will be interesting to see what comes of this preliminary study

The WHO definition of osteoporosis, and published BMD (Bone Mineral Density) references ranges, do not consider differences in bone size. Because it i…

Register for the following educational webinars developed by American Bone Health, which has now joined forces under the...
01/22/2024

Register for the following educational webinars developed by American Bone Health, which has now joined forces under the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation umbrella!
Healthy Bones for Life
Wed, Feb. 7, 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Peer Educator Jaimie Colonna

On this webinar, you will learn about:
• Why bone health matters to you now and what you can do to keep your bones strong.
• What is osteoporosis, how we diagnose it, and how to slow bone loss.
• The factors that contribute to bone loss and osteoporosis.
• How to prevent falls that lead to fractures.
• Treatment options available.

Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SVT9_ZZPSFCh7vW44rUsBg #/registration

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Why Healthy Bones Matter for the Black Community
Wed., Feb. 21, 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Peer Educator: Tamika Powe, MPH, MCHES®, CDP®
Host: Tampa General Hospital
This program provides insight into how medical conditions, medicines, and family history can affect your risk for fractures. Unfortunately, black Americans are less likely to be screened for osteoporosis, receive treatment and are more likely to have chronic conditions bad for bones. Learn the myths about bone health and what you can do to understand your risk profile and make a change today.
Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__ZBqNtF5T6ys46guws2XVw #/registration

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This program provides insight into how medical conditions, medicines, and family history can affect your risk for fractures. Unfortunately, black Americans are less likely to be screened for osteoporosis, receive treatment and are more likely to have chronic conditions bad for bones. Learn the myths...

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00198-023-06817-4Take away: Getting a TBS done at the time of DEXA could be a...
08/23/2023

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00198-023-06817-4
Take away: Getting a TBS done at the time of DEXA could be a more valuable assessment of osteoporotic risk fracture than DEXA alone.

Purpose Trabecular bone score (TBS) is a grey-level textural measurement acquired from dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry lumbar spine images and is a validated index of bone microarchitecture. In 2015, a Working Group of the European Society on Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarth...

03/13/2023

What's your rib to pelvis distance? You should be able to get 2 fingers between the lowest rib and the top of the pelvis on each side of your trunk. Can you score 4 fingers? If not, this is correlated with lumbar wedge fractures and loss of lumbar spine height.

Collagen supplements: "And a 2018 study, published in the journal Nutrients, looked at the effect of collagen on bone de...
03/04/2023

Collagen supplements: "And a 2018 study, published in the journal Nutrients, looked at the effect of collagen on bone density in postmenopausal women. Those who took a 5-gram collagen supplement had significant increases in the spine and neck vs. those who got a placebo. (The study was partly funded by a supplement manufacturer.)"

Here are important points about this protein and the anti-aging supplements.

The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation has updated their website and tons of useful information for those looking t...
02/25/2023

The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation has updated their website and tons of useful information for those looking to understand testing and treatment of low bone density.

Learn about osteoporosis patient education and information from the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

This correlates with bone health: work load target of 60-80% of 1 Repetition Max to stimulate bone growth.  It's good fo...
02/22/2023

This correlates with bone health: work load target of 60-80% of 1 Repetition Max to stimulate bone growth. It's good for all of our body systems. Happy Strengthening!

Even for 60ish youngsters, researchers reaffirm that exercise is essential. But just walking won’t cut it. Break out the weights and go for strength training, too.

High intensity kettlebell training; the BELL study. DXA was one of the measures that improved from pre/post https://www....
01/17/2023

High intensity kettlebell training; the BELL study. DXA was one of the measures that improved from pre/post https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.06.27.21259191v2?fbclid=IwAR3AbSOnZIYgFI97A8iWFbMaukhGw7D_mpvf0TvDKWPB7zmjJs8LxiviJhE

The Ballistic Exercise of the Lower Limb (BELL) trial examined efficacy and safety of a pragmatic hardstyle kettlebell training program in older adults. Insufficiently active men and women aged 59-79 years, were recruited to a 6-month repeated measures study, involving 3-months usual activity and 3-...

Another study that says it is better to eat our vitamin/ mineral needs rather than supplement; this includes Vitamin K d...
01/08/2023

Another study that says it is better to eat our vitamin/ mineral needs rather than supplement; this includes Vitamin K derivatives MK4 and MK7, calcium, magnesium. The exceptions were Vit D, B12, and Folic acid.

Learn more about the benefits of getting vitamins from food versus supplements, natural versus synthetic vitamins, and more.

10/20/2022

Happy World Osteoporosis Day!

Pleased to announce that I am now a BoneFit certified healthcare provider.  This certification is provided by the Bone H...
10/05/2022

Pleased to announce that I am now a BoneFit certified healthcare provider. This certification is provided by the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation, USA to provide evidence based services. They have a great website:

Stay Connected Join our community to learn more about osteoporosis, or connect with others near you who are suffering from the disease. Sign Up Now... Support BHOF Join us in the fight against osteoporosis. Donate today! Donate Now... Professional Membership Membership in BHOF will help build your p...

Tell me what you are doing today for your bone health?I started my day with a walk, wearing my weighted vest, a stop at ...
07/23/2022

Tell me what you are doing today for your bone health?
I started my day with a walk, wearing my weighted vest, a stop at the playground to hang and drop from the monkey bars and now for bone healthy breakfast.

Bone health is not just for older woman of certain ethnicities...
06/18/2022

Bone health is not just for older woman of certain ethnicities...

Another research article supporting resistance training for both muscles AND bones in older adults. https://link.springe...
06/08/2022

Another research article supporting resistance training for both muscles AND bones in older adults.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40279-022-01675-2

Background Older adults experience considerable muscle and bone loss that are closely interconnected. The efficacy of progressive resistance training programs to concurrently reverse/slow the age-related decline in muscle strength and bone mineral density (BMD) in older adults remains unclear. Objec...

Calcium supplements after age 50 and cardiac disease.
05/15/2022

Calcium supplements after age 50 and cardiac disease.

Among the various side effects of taking supplements after 50, a study has now found that one may actually damage your heart as you age.

Many working on bone health take supplemental calcium or Vit K. Be aware of drug interactions
05/12/2022

Many working on bone health take supplemental calcium or Vit K. Be aware of drug interactions

Common supplements, such as St. John's wort, calcium, and iron, can reduce the efficacy of certain drugs, like antibiotics and antiviral medication.

The Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis.  A consensus paper published Apr 28, 2022 in Osteopor...
05/04/2022

The Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis. A consensus paper published Apr 28, 2022 in Osteoporosis International by the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (formerly National Osteoporosis Foundation)

Osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disease in the USA and the world. It is a subclinical condition until complicated by fracture(s). These fractures place an enormous medical and personal burden on individuals who suffer from them and take a significant economic toll. Any new fracture in...

Magnesium: a bone building essential nutrient
05/03/2022

Magnesium: a bone building essential nutrient

This mineral can keep your heart healthy and your muscles strong.

In women of ages 75-80 years, a low one leg standing time (OLST) was associated with an increased risk of incident fract...
04/08/2022

In women of ages 75-80 years, a low one leg standing time (OLST) was associated with an increased risk of incident fractions, independently of bone mineral density and clinical risk
factors. OLST contribute substantially to fracture probability, indicating that the test should be considered when evaluating fracture risk in older women.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34498096/

A low OLST has a substantial impact on fracture probability and should be considered when evaluating fracture risk in older women.

Here's some early research on Blood Flow Restriction therapy and it's effects on bone markers and turnover.  More resear...
03/10/2022

Here's some early research on Blood Flow Restriction therapy and it's effects on bone markers and turnover. More research is in process currently but I believe this is another important piece of the puzzle.... the effect of growth hormone on bone remodeling.

This study analysed the effect of low-intensity (LI) exercises with blood flow restriction (BFR) on bone metabolism compared with high-intensity (HI) exercises without BFR. The following databases were searched using the keywords therapeutic occlusion training OR BFR training OR vascular occlusion t...

03/08/2022
I theorize that the use of Blood Flow Restriction therapy, which helps stimulate the release of Growth Hormone, a buildi...
03/08/2022

I theorize that the use of Blood Flow Restriction therapy, which helps stimulate the release of Growth Hormone, a building block for bones, has helped me to reverse my own osteoporosis in combination with high intensity interval training.

A novel treatment not long ago, blood flow restriction training is rapidly being used by more and more physical therapists.

"Exercise still remains one of the most important activities older adults can do for their health."  Roger Fielding.    ...
02/15/2022

"Exercise still remains one of the most important activities older adults can do for their health." Roger Fielding. And this includes your bones.

Older people still get valuable health benefits from exercise, including improved strength, physical function and reduced disability.

An introductory level article from the Washington Post on bone health
01/25/2022

An introductory level article from the Washington Post on bone health

About 10 million Americans older than 50 have osteoporosis. Another 43 million people in the U.S. have low bone mass. Here are methods to counter these two ailments.

12/29/2021

Another success story: diet and weight bearing exercise with a Dexa score that improved from -2.8 to -2.4.

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I’ve been a practicing Physical Therapist in Virginia for 35 years and have a special interest in Bone Health, Postural Changes, and Pain Management. I am certified in the Meeks Method of Osteoporosis Management, the Otago Program for Balance, and Trigger Point Dry Needling. I love sharing my own knowledge and items of interest I have gleaned from reading research. Allow me to invite you along on a journey of bettering our Bone Health.

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