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Physiotherapy for Seniors

July 12, 2017

 

Are you a senior…
Who is suffering from?

  • Multiple types of arthritis (joint pain)

  • Dementia

  • Alzheimer’s

  • Lack or reduced balance and equilibrium

  • Secondary problems due to diabetes

  • Reduced mobility & functioning due to some chronic condition

  • Osteoporosis

  • Stroke

  • Fear of falls

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Post joint surgeries  PKR/TKR/PHR/THR, etc.

How can physiotherapy be beneficial?

  • There are many advantages of PT for senior’s so that they can have a better quality of life and independence

  • It helps in restoring strength, mobility, balance and thus an enhanced level of functional capacity

  • Research also suggests that functional ability/capacity improves overall health by improving psychological and social wellbeing.

  • Physiotherapy helps in maintaining and increasing the strength of individuals, thus helps in the treatment of joint pain. Improving strength is also one of the best ways to reduce the risk of falls, fear of falls.

  • PT after joint surgeries and fractures help the individual to regain strength and activity and get out of incapacitation and pain. In the case of planned joint surgeries, PT before surgery contributes to ensuring that the part is healthy and ready for surgery.

  • PT helps in the event of neck pain, LBP, as well as other types of pain and stiffness. It contributes to increase circulation and thus better healing and thus reduce pain. Strength building in muscles or other words physical activity is critical to stay active and healthy even as we age because the quality of life is more important than quantity.

How Physiotherapist Treat patients?

  • After understanding the problems, PT makes a personalized exercise prescription, which is designed mainly to improve strength, the range of motion, flexibility, or joint position sense.

  • They might need to incorporate joint mobilization or manipulation to reduce pain and stiffness.

  • PT also uses heat and cold packs along with electro- therapeutic modalities to reduce pain, swelling, hasten the healing process and thus, improve function.

  • PT uses manual therapy techniques along with the treatments mentioned above to work on the soft tissues.

  • PT educates patients for any change needed to make in the lifestyle, home or work environment to reduce discomfort and speed up recovery.

  • If necessary they shall also recommend using assistive devices supportive braces or splints.

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