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Elizabeth Ciancio, (left) WCA Hospital Senior Physical Therapist, demonstrates an exercise that is beneficial for patients diagnosed with osteoporosis. WCA Hospital will host a free presentation on “Benefits of Exercise in the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis, on Monday, March 31st.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, March 21, 2008)—The WCA Hospital Rehabilitation team will present a free seminar on “Benefits of Exercise in the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis”, on Monday, March 31st, at the WCA Hospital Auditorium, located at 207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown.  The seminar, including a presentation and questions and answer session, will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and is part of the WCA Rehab Team’s “Here’s to Your Health” educational seminar series for the general public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Reservations are not necessary and there is no cost.  Those attending will have an opportunity to talk with Elizabeth Ciancio, Senior Physical Therapist at WCA Hospital, about the field of physical therapy.

Studies show one of the best ways to strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis is by getting regular exercise. Even if individuals are already affected by osteoporosis, exercising can help maintain bone mass.

“Exercises can help you manage mild bone thinning and prevent more serious bone loss,” said Elizabeth Ciancio.  “Our presentation will demonstrate how exercising may prevent helps in the prevention and treatment or osteoporosis by strengthening an individual’s muscles and bones and improving posture and balance.”

A native of Lakewood, New York, Mrs. Ciancio, is a licensed physical therapist at WCA Hospital.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania.  Ciancio has provided physical therapy care throughout the community for over 13 years.  Ciancio is also the Physical Therapy Clinical Instructor at WCA, providing physical therapy students with opportunities to apply skills and knowledge obtained in the classroom setting to patient care experience in a clinical setting.

WCA Hospital is an award-winning, regional health system serving more than 160,000 people throughout southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania and a leader in Cancer Care, Heart Care, Rehabilitation, Behavioral Health, Women's Services and diagnostic testing services.  The hospital’s Physical Therapy Program is staffed by experienced licensed physical therapists that specialize in improving function and decreasing pain.   Physical therapy services include:  isokinetic strength testing, back school; orthopedic rehabilitation, burn/wound care, fall prevention, rehabilitation for incontinence, prosthetics, vestibular rehabilitation, and specialized exercise/rehabilitation programs.

For additional information on the free presentation, contact the WCA Hospital Physical Therapy Department at (716) 664-8278.


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