What is Geriatric Physical Therapy?
Geriatric physical therapy is a proven means for older seniors from every level of physical ability to improve their strength, physical fitness, balance and build confidence in order for them to function independently. Geriatric physical therapy also plays an important role in improving mobility and overall fitness, helping them maintain their independence for longer periods of time.
How do physical therapists do this?
- Physical Therapists are a source of information for understanding age related bodily changes that too often are misunderstood and lead to limitations of daily activities and decreased physical mobility
- Provide assistance for regaining lost abilities or for development of new ones
- PT evaluate and develop specifically design therapeutic exercise programs and interventions that can prevent life long disability and restore a person’s level of functioning to the highest level
What types of goals are accomplished?
- Reduced pain
- Improve sensation, joint proprioception
- Increase overall fitness through exercise programs
- Suggest assistive devices to promote safe independence
- Assess and recommend adaptation to make the home accessible and safe
- Prevent further decline in function through education, energy conservation, joint protection
- Increase, restore ROM, strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and endurance
- Teach positioning, transfers, walking skills to promote maximum function and independence with the person’s capability
What Conditions could be helped through the use of Geriatric Physical Therapy?
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Fall Prevention
- Diabetes and Foot Inspection
- Strength training for improve heath and function
- Cardiac and Pulmonary disease
- Urinary and Fecal Incontinence
- Vestibular Disorders
- Joint replacements
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Peripheral Neuropathy
We cannot prevent growing older, but there is a lot that can be done to prevent injury and maintain optimum strength and function. Physicians Physical Therapy Service physical therapist utilize a distinct knowledge base and set of tools for examining and treating the older population. Rehabilitation programs are developed integrating techniques consistent with the concepts of aging in mind, to help our senior adults regain physical and functional independence so they can return to the activities they enjoy.