9 Contact Hours

Description: Over 44 million or 55% of individuals aged 55 or older suffer from Osteoporosis or low bone mass. It is critical for occupational and physical therapists who work with these individuals to understand this disease and how to help prevent or treat those who suffer from OA or are at risk. This course provides an overview of Osteoporosis and how to implement an exercise program to prevent and/or treat this growing problem.


Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L
Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults.  He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010.  He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults.  Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy.
Sherry Rickman, DPT

Sherry received her bachelor's of science degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee.  She then completed doctorate at at Belmont University in Nasheville, TN.  Since that time she has worked in a variety of settings including long-term care, acute care, and outpatient orthopedics.  

Sponsored by: Edlantis Seminars, Inc. and DSWFitness

Audience: OT, PT

Skill Level: Entry Level

Contact Hours: 9

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Course content includes the text The Best Exercise Program for Osteoporosis Prevention (see authors below).

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Includes text:  The Best Exercise Program for Osteoporosis Prevention (2008) written by:

  • Timothy Lohman, Ph.D.
  • Scott Going, Ph.D.
  • Linda Houtkooper, Ph.D, RD
  • Lauve Metcalfe, MS
  • Terri Antoniotti-Guido, PT
  • Vanessa A. Stanford, MS, RD

Course Objectives:

By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

1.  Identify the pathology and progression of osteoporosis;

2.  Identify the primary and secondary risk factors for osteoporosis;

3.  Design a therapeutic exercise treatment program to achieve optimal bone health; and

4.  Describe specific exercises to that can be safely used with individuals who suffer from Osteoporosis.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Treating Individuals with Osteoporosis: A Guide for Therapists

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3. Coursework - Treating Individuals with Osteoporosis: A Guide for Therapists

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4. Course Final and Survey - Treating Individuals with Osteoporosis: A Guide for Therapists


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion