Geriatric Physical Therapy covers a broad area of concerns regarding people as they continue the process of aging, although it commonly focuses on older adults.
Among the conditions that may be treated through the use of geriatric physical therapy are osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, joint replacement, hip replacement, and more. This form of therapy is used in order to restore mobility, increase fitness levels, reduce pain, and to provide additional benefits.
Geriatric physical therapy is a proven means for older adults from every level of physical ability to improve their balance and strength, build their confidence, and remain active. A number of people are familiar with physical therapy as a form of treatment to pursue after an accident, or in relation to a condition such as a stroke. Physical therapy is useful for many additional reasons, such as improving balance, strength, mobility, and overall fitness. All of these are factors which older adults may benefit from, contributing to their physical abilities and helping to maintain their independence for longer periods of time. Physical therapy can also help older adults to avoid falls, something that is crucial to this population.
How Can Physical Therapists Help the Elderly?
Our trained Lake Forest Physical Therapists evaluate and develop specifically designed, therapeutic exercise programs. Geriatric Physical Therapy and rehabilitation can prevent life-long disability, restoring the person’s level of functioning to its highest level. A physical therapist uses things such as treatments with modalities, exercises, educational information, and screening programs to accomplish a number of goals with the person they are working with, such as:
- Reduce pain
- Improve sensation, joint proprioception
- Increase overall fitness through exercise programs
- Suggest assistive devices to promote independence
- Recommend adaptations to make the person’s home accessible and safe
- Prevent further decline in functional abilities through education, energy conservation techniques, joint protection
- Increase, restore or maintain range of motion, physical strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and endurance
- Teach positioning, transfers, and walking skills to promote maximum function and independence within the person’s capability
C.A.R.E. Physical Therapy Lake Forest specializes in Geriatric Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. Call our office at 949.446.4460 to schedule an appointment.