Micki Harris Lecture Series: Geriatric Webinar Series

Exercise Treatment for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Zoom - virtual





Osteoporosis is a disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both and can result in fracture.  As many as 54 million Americans have either low bone mass or osteoporosis but yet so many remain unaware of how to best treat this disease.   In addition to medication and nutrition interventions, evidence suggests that exercise should also be a component of treatment.   This course is primarily based on The Meeks Method (developed by Sara Meeks, PT, MS, GCS, KYT) which is a safe and effective exercise program for all levels of fracture risk.  It is designed to help prevent an initial or subsequent fracture secondary to decreased bone density, modulate pain secondary to vertebral compression fracture, educate clients of how to safely perform every day activities and correct faulty postural habits and/or changes. 




Course objectives: 


  1. Identify the risk factors for low bone mass/osteoporosis and how to determine level of fracture risk.
  2. Understand the basic physiology of bone formation
  3. Identify the 12 components of the Meeks Method
  4. Understand the exercise principles used for treatment of low bone mass/osteoporosis
  5. Make cardiovascular recommendations for low, moderate and high fracture risk patients.
  6. Advise patients with regard to Yoga and Pilates modifications 






Stephanie Budroe, PT, graduated from Northeastern University in 1990 and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist in 2003. She has spent the past 27 of her 29 in practice working for Portsmouth Regional Hospital.  Her clinical experience has been dedicated to outpatient orthopedics, with a focus on spine/shoulder/hip pathologies as well as vestibular rehabilitation. She continues to develop her skill set with a more recent commitment to the treatment and prevention of fracture secondary to low bone mass and osteoporosis.  She attended Sara Meeks Walk Tall course and subsequently developed a community based education and exercise course for those diagnosed with ether osteopenia or osteoporosis (with the assistance of B .   Additionally, she has been the Clinical Coordinator for physical therapy students at Portsmouth Regional Hospital for well over 15 years. Her newest position is a New Hampshire Chapter APTA board member since January 2018.





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