Event Title

The Utilization of Direct Access for Wellness and the Prevention of Osteoporosis in the Outpatient Orthopedic Setting.

Author/ Authors/ Presenter/ Presenters/ Panelists:

David Thomas, Governors State UniversityFollow

Start Date

4-12-2019 4:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2019 6:00 PM

Abstract

Prior to the passing of HB 4643–Direct Access to Physical Therapy Services, citizens living in the state of Illinois required a mandated physician referral before receiving services from a physical therapist. Individuals with comorbidities and chronic physical impairments concerned about improving their health & wellness are performing exercise under the instruction of unqualified individuals via independent exercising utilizing online resources or working with a personal trainer. Comorbidities or chronic physical impairments may go unacknowledged and necessary modifications and adaptations to exercise may not occur. Ultimately, performing exercise under the supervision of unqualified individuals may further aggravate or exacerbate these health conditions and lead to potential injury. The purpose of this retrospective case report is to determine not only how an elderly patient utilized the benefits of the newly endowed Direct Access for preventative/wellness reasons, but how treatment, prescription, and independent adherence to an exercise program from a physical therapist can impact BMD levels and prevent the development of Osteoporosis in an already osteopenic patient.

Faculty / Staff Sponsor

Dr. Roberta OShea

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The Utilization of Direct Access for Wellness and the Prevention of Osteoporosis in the Outpatient Orthopedic Setting.

Prior to the passing of HB 4643–Direct Access to Physical Therapy Services, citizens living in the state of Illinois required a mandated physician referral before receiving services from a physical therapist. Individuals with comorbidities and chronic physical impairments concerned about improving their health & wellness are performing exercise under the instruction of unqualified individuals via independent exercising utilizing online resources or working with a personal trainer. Comorbidities or chronic physical impairments may go unacknowledged and necessary modifications and adaptations to exercise may not occur. Ultimately, performing exercise under the supervision of unqualified individuals may further aggravate or exacerbate these health conditions and lead to potential injury. The purpose of this retrospective case report is to determine not only how an elderly patient utilized the benefits of the newly endowed Direct Access for preventative/wellness reasons, but how treatment, prescription, and independent adherence to an exercise program from a physical therapist can impact BMD levels and prevent the development of Osteoporosis in an already osteopenic patient.