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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
  • Fall Risk and gait training
  • Generalized weakness and loss of function

How does geriatric physical therapy help?

Geriatric physical therapy generally comprises three main categories: manual therapy, exercise, and education.

Manual therapy, also known as “hands-on treatment,” is performed in order to decrease a patient’s pain, restore their mobility, and increase their circulation. Common forms of manual therapy include massage and joint/muscle manipulation.

Exercise is a crucial part of any geriatric treatment plan. One of our highly-trained GunnisonEphraimMount PleasantRichfield, or Manti, UT physical therapists will prescribe targeted exercises for each patient’s specific needs, in order to help them improve their muscle strength, coordination, flexibility, balance, and physical endurance. Exercise is also helpful in decreasing a patient’s risk of falling increasing their overall mobility. Common geriatric exercises include walking, stretching, light weight lifting, and aquatic therapy.

Education is important in maintaining the progress made during treatments. Our physical therapists will provide patients with helpful tips and techniques for safely performing daily tasks, using assistive devices, and preventing further injuries from occurring.

Contact Therapy West Physical Therapy + Sports Medicine:

At Therapy West Physical Therapy + Sports Medicine, we want to help patients reclaim their independence and improve their overall quality of life. If you believe you or a loved one could benefit from geriatric physical therapy treatments, give us a call today! We’ll be more than happy to schedule a consultation and get you started on the path toward improved health and wellness.

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!

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