MetrixStrength Therapeutic Strength Training for Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis progresses as a symptomless disease characterized by bone loss and skeletal deterioration.
Everyone experiences some bone loss as they age: osteoporosis and low bone mass may be a significant health threat for 44 million US women and men aged 50 and older. By the year 2010, it is estimated that over 52 million women and men in this same age category will be affected; figures may climb 61 million-plus by 2020.
Osteoporosis is largely preventable for most people. Prevention is very important because, while treatments are available, there is no cure. Building strong bones, especially before the age of 30, is the single best preventive measure.
Cyclists, swimmers, and other athletes who engage in low impact exercise activities may be at increased risk for developing osteoporosis.
Here's why our MetrixStrength program is an ideal resistance exercise for everyone who is concerned about bone health.
- MetrixStrength is a high intensity slow cadence workout based on osteoporosis clinical research
- MetrixStrength engages all important body sites: neck, back, hip, upper arm/forearm, upper and lower leg in order to provide "whole body benefit"
- Our workout delivers sustained benefit with a maximum of two 20-30 minute weekly sessions
- MetrixStrength sessions are custom-tailored to each client, closely supervised, and under the general supervision of a licensed physical therapist
- MetrixStrength sessions may be covered by health insurance as part of a therapeutic strength training program
- Is there any research that supports high intensity slow cadence strength training as an osteoporosis intervention?
The original slow cadence, high intensity strength training protocol that MetrixStrength is based on was part of a series of osteoporosis research studies conducted at the University of Florida Dept. of Exercise Science. Unfortunately, those studies were never published. To date, many studies relating to sarcopenia (muscle loss) and osteoporosis intervention have been completed and published. Click here to view and download an abbreviated bibliography of important studies.
- How can I use my commercial (non-Medicare) health insurance benefits to cover MetrixStrength therapeutic strength training?
You must have a physician physical therapy referral based on osteo-related medical need in order for MetrixStrength to be covered by insurance. Your physician must write the prescription which verifies your diagnosis as either ICD-9 code 733.90 Osteopenia or ICD-9 code 733.09 Osteoporosis NEC. Our physical therapists will design a care plan for you that includes appropriate use of our MetrixStrength resistance training program as osteo-related therapeutic exercise.
- Will-Medicare health insurance benefits cover MetrixStrength therapeutic strength training?
Medicare does not recognize 733.09 or 733.90 as diagnoses of medical necessity per se, so osteo-related referrals need to be made under an appropriate osteoporosis co-morbidity diagnosis code such as 719.4 Joint pain, 728.87 Muscle weakness, 781.2 Gait abnormality, 781.3 Lack of coordination, 781.92 Abnormal posture. Our physical therapists will design a care plan for you that includes appropriate use of our MetrixStrength resistance training program as osteo-related therapeutic exercise.
- If I am able to use my insurance, how much cost, if any, will I be responsible for?
Patients will be responsible for deductibles and copayments stipulated in their health insurance agreements. We will provide each referral with an insurance verification/benefits determination so that they will know what out of pocket costs are involved.