As we age, our bodies aren’t able to bounce back the way they used to. The implementation of a physical therapy program can drastically change the aging population’s quality of life, as well as help with a variety of other disorders associated with aging.
Generally, geriatric is defined as a specialty that deals with issues defined by age and the treatment of people age 60 and older.
The focus is on optimizing function; improving strength, mobility and balance to help aging adults build confidence and stay active through the normal process of wear and tear on our bodies. Another benefit is lowering the severity of falls. Falls are a leading cause of death and disability in the elderly; physical therapy is an important option to consider.
Physical therapy treatment programs for individual at any age can help to restore mobility, reduce pain, improve strength and maximize fitness levels. Geriatric rehabilitation treatments are critical to help patients overcome conditions such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, balance disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, joint replacement rehab and neurological disorders.
For falls, treatment may include: Vestibular exam, Gait and Balance testing, Strength testing, assistive device, and home safety recommendations, confidence building, Fall Prevention education, and home exercise programs.
Benefits of Geriatric Physical Therapy
Maintain independence (in some cases)