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Lancaster Pa. 17602
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Osteoporosis Center

Osteoporosis, the most common bone disease in humans, is a major concern for aging persons with significant implications for morbidity and mortality. Osteoporosis is defined as less than normal bone at the hip or spine as determined by bone mass density of 2.5 standard deviations below the young normal mean and osteopenia is 1 to 2.5 standard deviations from young normal bone density. It is estimated that that 54 million adults are affected with osteoporosis and low bone mass and an estimated 2 million fractures yearly (NOF 2017).

 Kauffman Physical Therapy are in the vanguard of care for this condition. Tim, the founder of Kauffman Physical Therapy has had a passion for osteoporosis care since his student days in 1970 and it is expanding 40 plus years later. He has published and presented research about osteoporosis for years and he presently is working with an international committee to establish exercise guidelines for persons with osteoporosis. He has also worked with the US Bone and Joint Decade to develop it’s premier program about T scores.

All of the therapists are involved in the Better Bone Better Balance classes that are taught a Kauffman Physical Therapy routinely.

Tim presented a poster at the Gerontological Society of America annual conference a few years ago entitled, Osteoporosis, Time for a Paradigm Shift. That means, medication and diet are important but body mechanic, proper postures and appropriate exercises are equally important. Since the 1st National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on Osteoporosis in 1984, it is firmly based in research that proper exercise is a major choice in combating this crippling disease of osteoporosis.

Kauffman Physical Therapy provides international level quality of care for bone health issues for persons of all ages. Also, the commitment to public education is robust. Contact us if you or a community group would like an educational program.


Osteoporosis Treatment

The proper treatment of osteoporosis includes exercise but some exercises increase the risk for fractures. Thus, it is crucial that the wrong exercises are not performed. Certain yoga moves are great but some are dangerous. Learn the difference.

One of the causes of death after an osteoporotic fracture is compromised respiratory capacity. In our center breathing function is measured and breathing exercises are taught.

Postures and movement patterns in our daily living may increase the risk for fractures. Learn safe lifting and bending motions.

The first osteoporotic fracture yields a significant increased risk of new fractures by up to 5 times more likely. Exercise, proper body mechanics, good breathing techniques and reduce falls risk are taught and practiced in our center.

Exercise can increase bone mineral density but it takes a long time (6-12 months) but balance retraining and improved breathing can occur within a few weeks.

Also, exercise is very beneficial for children and teens because their bones are still growing and proper exercise enhances the bone growth. Ask us about what works.

The US Surgeon General and the National Osteoporosis Foundation recommend exercise as an important component of attaining good bone health. We agree with the research that supports this recommendation. Learn the correct exercises.

See our information about “direct access”. Most medical insurance companies will cover this treatment.