Staying Fit Beyond Menopause Through Early Screening and Training
Section: Section on Women's Health
Session Code: WH-3B-5067
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 207B

Speaker(s):   Karen Litos, PT, DPT, WCS
  Karen Snowden, PT, DPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

I'm not there yet.'쳌 Menopause is a wake-up call for lifestyle changes that many women don't want to think about until they experience symptoms. Unfortunately, they miss their best window of opportunity to modify risk factors in the years prior to and immediately following menopause. Providers, including PTs, are failing these women. They often lack screening tools and knowledge of the latest evidence for the treatment and prevention of diseases and symptoms associated with menopause-related hormonal changes that are necessary to offer guidance in a timely manner. PTs, as musculoskeletal experts, are in a unique position to help more women through early screening, education, and specific training to maximize bone and muscle strength for improved health post menopause. Menopause is a complex physiological process of hormonal changes, notably declining estrogen. Making specific lifestyle changes can build and maintain bodily strength before, during, and after the menopause transition, positively impacting a woman's health long term. Participants will understand hormonal influences impacting women's health at menopause, use of an appropriate screening tool, and clinical applications to physical therapy.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss the physiologic impact of reduced estrogen on muscle and bone strength in menopausal women.

2. Perform an appropriate screening tool for women in order to identify those at current or future risk for symptoms and diseases related to estrogen depletion.

3. Describe evidence-based physical therapy treatment to enhance bone and muscle strength before, during, and after the menopause years.

CEU: 0.2

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