Kirsten Ness, P.T., Ph.D.

kristen ness

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Vibration Intervention for Bone Enhancement in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Interventions to improve Bone Marrow Density (BMD), and prevent early onset osteoporosis and fracture are essential to promote long, productive lives, free from persistent pain and/or disability. Current treatments for BMD decrements among childhood cancer survivors are limited to those who can tolerate a pharmacologic agent, and to those whose physical abilities allow a vigorous weight bearing physical activity. This innovative intervention is portable, safe, cost-effective, and of low burden to the cancer survivor. It has the potential to be used either alone or as an adjunct to other interventions to improve BMD in this at risk population.