Geriatric Physical Therapy

What is geriatric physical therapy?

Geriatric physical therapy is a specialty of physical therapy that specifically helps evaluate, diagnose and treat the elderly population impacted by functional and mobility issues by improving their strength, cardiovascular endurance, functional mobility and balance to help them maintain their independence through movement.  It plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health and well-being as individuals age.

Why choose elderly rehabilitation services?

With the rise in the ‘baby boomers’ population, increased falls-both fatal and non-fatal, and various medical co-morbidities is inevitable. Your quality of life can be compromised along with increased burden of care and health administration.

One of the most striking features of old age is variance. While one person who is seventy years old can jog, another person of the same age might experience significant difficulty even to walk safely around in his/her home. Therefore choosing the right geriatric physical therapy program that will suit your/your loved one’s need which can be unique and challenging is warranted.


Commonly Seen Conditions

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Joint replacements
  • Chronic pain

When to seek geriatric rehabilitation services?

The primary problems the elderly face are decreased strength and mobility. The secondary problems such as decreased vision and hearing can exaggerate the primary problems. Added to these are other medical co-morbidities such as heart problems, difficulty breathing, arthritis and diabetes to name a few.

If you experience generalized weakness from lack of activity or a disease process such as pneumonia, difficulty with walking and functional mobility, fear of falling or have undergone hip or knee joint replacement it may be the right time to seek physical therapy treatment to promote healthy aging.

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Key Components of Our Elderly Physical Therapy:

  • Individualized Exercise Programs: Tailored to address specific needs and goals.
  • Manual Therapy Techniques: Hands-on interventions to improve joint mobility and reduce pain.
  • Balance and Gait Training: Exercises to enhance stability and walking abilities.
  • Assistive Device Training: Instruction on the proper use of canes, walkers, and other mobility aids.
  • Education and Home Exercise Programs: Empowers patients and caregivers with knowledge and tools for continued progress.

How to choose the right geriatric physical therapist?

A geriatric physical therapist is someone who is specialized in geriatric physical therapy with additional training that is highly trained and well experienced. Usually they would hold titles such as GCS or FAAOMPT, which is certified geriatric clinical specialist after completing a residency program and a challenging exam through the physical therapy board or a fellowship program.

Benefits of geriatric physical therapy

  • Improved Balance: Reduces the risk of falls and enhances stability.
  • Increased Strength: Builds muscle mass and improves functional abilities.
  • Pain Management: Alleviates discomfort from arthritis, osteoporosis, and other age-related conditions.
  • Enhanced Mobility: Enables individuals to perform daily activities with greater ease and confidence.
  • Falls Prevention: Incorporates exercises and strategies to minimize the risk of falls and related injuries.

Importance of Functional Independence

  • Maintaining independence in daily activities fosters a sense of dignity and autonomy.
  • Geriatric physical therapy helps individuals remain active participants in their own lives and communities.

Geriatric physical therapy promotes healthy aging by optimizing physical function, reducing pain, and enhancing quality of life. It empowers older adults to live life to the fullest and enjoy the activities they love for years to come.

If you or a loved one could benefit from geriatric physical therapy, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consult with our physical therapist. At Victor Physical Therapy, you can embark on a journey toward improved mobility, independence, and well-being.

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