What is Geriatric Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy for the geriatric population focuses on optimizing function for the aging adult. As we age, our bodies undergo wear and tear. Although this process is normal it sometimes leads to pain and disability, causing patients to limit their activity or altogether stop doing what they enjoy. Geriatric physical therapy has been found effective in improving strength, mobility, and balance to help the aging individual build confidence in staying active. There are many reasons to consult your doctor about the benefits of physical therapy. Treatment will focus on a patient’s specific goals. Research shows that individual treatment programs at any age can help restore mobility, reduce pain, increase strength, and improve fitness levels.
Geriatric conditions treated with physical therapy:
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Osteopenia and osteoporosis
- Cancer-related complications
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Joint replacement and other orthopedic surgeries
- Neurologic disorders; Stroke, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Vestibular and Balance disorders
- Overweight and obesity
- Fall Risk and gait training
- Generalized weakness and loss of function