Rehab Guidelines for Vertebral Compression Fractures, 4/2/2024

About the Course
This course outlines recent evidence supporting effective rehab for patients with vertebral compression fractures. After a brief introduction to spinal anatomy and mechanics, healthcare professionals will review the types and frequencies of vertebral compression fractures and subsequent spinal pathomechanics. Treatment approaches for acute injury will be addressed including pain management, mobility training, ADLs, and ambulation. Treatment for post-acute vertebral compression fractures, including posture training, spinal mobilization, strengthening exercises, and advanced mobility will be covered. Treatment protocols for OT and PT will be included as well as patient education materials and exercise handouts.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify normal spine anatomy and function and how these changes in advanced age.
  • Select the characteristics and consequences of vertebral compression fractures.
  • Identify management strategies for vertebral compression fractures.
  • Select pain management strategies for vertebral compression fractures
  • Recognize transfer training and strengthening exercises for patients with acute vertebral compression fractures
  • Identify the importance of decreasing kyphotic posture in patients with vertebral compression fractures
  • Select elements of treatment progression for strengthening and functional mobility in patients with vertebral compression fractures
  • Identify why falls prevention is important in patients with osteoporosis.
  • Select principles of ADL training in patients with vertebral compression fractures.
About the Author
Lorie Schleck, PT, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1985 and has over 29 years of Physical Therapy experience. Lorie has worked in a variety of physical therapy settings including sports medicine/orthopedics and transitional care/skilled nursing facilities in long term and acute care. Recently, she has focused on providing physical therapy to home care patients. Within that context, she worked for a time in Home Care Quality and Compliance where she audited charts for OASIS and clinical accuracy and provided staff training in best practices for OASIS accuracy. She is a certified OASIS specialist.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 70% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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