Rehabilitation Therapy for Patients with Osteoporosis

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers physical therapy services to individuals with or at risk for osteoporosis. Individuals with osteoporosis have an increased chance of fracture in the spine, hip, wrist, and other areas.

Physical Therapy at IHP
Institute For Human Performance
1st Fl., 505 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 7am-4:30pm, Tues. Thurs. - 7am-6pm
Physical Therapy at Bone & Joint Center
Upstate Bone and Joint Center
Suite 201, 6620 Fly Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 8am-4:30pm, Tues. Thurs. - 8am-6pm

Spine fractures can cause pain and an increased curve of the spine. Most hip fractures are due to a fall. Following a hip fracture, many people have great difficulty returning to their normal activities.

People with osteoporosis are more prone to another fracture once one fracture has occurred. Osteoporosis services include a physical therapy evaluation and treatment. The evaluation includes an assessment of posture, body mechanics, balance and risk of falls. Treatment includes an individualized program based on the findings of the evaluation as well as education to reduce the risk of fracture.

Who Can Benefit From Therapy?

Men and women with low bone density or osteoporosis.

What Should You Expect from Your Therapy?

Regular exercise for a person with osteoporosis can decrease the risk of a fracture through improved posture, body mechanics, and balance which can decrease the risk for a fall. You may also feel stronger and more flexible which can improve how you do your daily activities.

A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.

NYSOPEP External Icon (New York State Osteoporosis Prevention & Education Program)

Preparing for Your First Visit

  • Your first visit will typically include a complete examination and exercise instruction/education.
  • You should wear clothing that is easy to move in and bring a list of your current medications and the names of your physicians/other healthcare providers.
  • It is helpful to bring a copy of the report from a recent bone density test.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete paperwork for your visit.

Providers

Karen L Kemmis, PT
Karen L Kemmis, PT
315 464-8668