Osteoporosis Physical Therapy Program

Covenant Health

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Description
This virtual education and exercise program is for people who have osteoporosis(verified with bone density test).

The program includes 90-minute classes for five to seven weeks depending on scheduling. Classes consist of educational lectures and practical exercise demonstrations by a Physical Therapist, allowing time for observation of participants performing the exercises. Sessions may include a Registered Dietician and Pharmacist. The virtual format allows for eight participants each session. Program and class information can be found on our Covenant Health program webpage. There is no fee for the program.

Practical sessions cover:

  • correct posture
  • lifting techniques
  • lower abdominal activation exercises
  • gentle spinal decompression exercises
  • flexibility exercises
  • upper and lower body strenghtening

Course content includes:

  • osteoporosis and its effect on the body
  • back care
  • how to safely carry out everyday tasks
  • types of lifts and correct lifting techniques
  • fall prevention and home safety recommendations
  • fitness guidelines, including aerobic and strengthening exercises
  • how to start and progress a walking program
  • balance activities
  • tips on how to exercise safely
  • proper nutrition to support bone health
  • medications for osteoporosis and their effects

Key Provider: pharmacists, physical therapists, dieticians
Eligibility
Yes, Potential registrants must be a resident of Alberta and have a diagnosed osteoporotic condition (confirmed by a bone density test; FRAX; other) indicated on a physician’s prescription.
Application Process
Service Access: See below, Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information. Referred patients are placed on a waiting list until they complete and submit an Osteoporosis Questionnaire (printed from the program webpage).
Referral Process: No


Waiting Period: Yes,

An estimated wait time will be provided at the time of appointment booking.


Telephone
780-735-2757
Fax
780-735-2621
Web Site
https://covenanthealth.ca/locations/misericordia-community-hospital/osteoporosis-program
Languages
Interpreter/Translation services
Fees
Fee: No


Fee Reduction: N/A
Membership Fee: N/A
Accessibility
Wheelchair access: Yes -
Other disabled access: Yes - Parking stalls, elevators and public transit is available.
Agency Information
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Last Verified On
November 1, 2023
Address
16940 87 Avenue
Edmonton, AB, T5R 4H5

This Covenant Health facility provides a range of healthcare services including a 24/7 emergency department.


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Hours of Operation
Mon
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Tue
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Wed
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Thu
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Fri
08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Phone for current status of program.

Classes are 2 hours and are offered once weekly for 7 weeks. Times of classes may vary and change; you will be offered available class times at time of booking.

Classes are held in the fall and spring. Call for information.