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Geriatric Physical Therapy Program

The adage has truth to it… “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”.  Unfortunately, we see this truth in our Geriatric population.  This is also a growing population, in fact, by 2050, 23% of the US population will be over the age of 65, which is almost double from 2015 (Census Bureau).  Let’s face it, when you’re in pain, you don’t want to move, but in actuality, moving is what can help the most!  That’s why we’re here…to help all walks of life keep moving, pain free!  Our senior population has specific needs and our program is designed around those needs!     

What is Geriatric Physical Therapy?

Geriatric physical therapy is a proven means for older adults at every level of physical ability to improve their balance and strength, build their confidence, and remain active. Physical therapy is useful for many additional reasons, such as improving balance, strength, balance, mobility, and overall activity.  Not to mention, it is also very helpful before and after surgical procedures, like a joint replacement for instance.  All of these are factors, which older adults may benefit from and help to maintain their independence well into their senior years. Physical therapy can also help avoid falls, something that is crucial to this population. 

Physical Therapists, as experts in movement science, are exceptionally qualified to identifying the likeliness to fall.  There are multiple measures we use to assess fall risk and effectiveness of balance.  Falling is one of the greatest risks older adults face, often leading to hip fractures, which then lead to a downward health spiral. In fact, falling is such an issue among older adults that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that one-third of all people over the age of sixty-five fall every year, making falls the leading cause of injury among people from this age group. Hundreds of thousands of older adults experience falls, and resulting in hip fractures, with resulting hospitalizations. Most of the people who experience a hip fracture stay in the hospital for a minimum of one week, with approximately twenty-percent dying within a year due to the injury. Unfortunately, a number of the remaining eighty-percent do not return to their previous level of functioning. Physical therapy can help you to remain both strong and independent, as well as productive. 

What can PT do for me?

Geriatric physical therapists help elderly patients achieve or maintain high levels of physical health as they age by focusing on ailments like arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and joint soreness. They evaluate each patient and design a custom activity and exercise plan that will allow the patient to remain as physically fit and active as possible. Research shows that individual treatment programs at any age can help restore mobility, reduce pain, increase strength and improve fitness levels.  Once the activity plan has been implemented, your therapist will monitor your progress and change the plan as needed. 

There are many reasons to consult your doctor about the benefits of physical therapy.  If you’re experiencing pain, about to undergo surgery or not feeling confident with your balance, let us help! Schedule a free assessment at any of our locations and get your life back today!