Geriatric Physiotherapy

What is Geriatric Physiotherapy ?

Geriatric Physiotherapy or Geriatric rehabilitation is the branch of physiotherapy that deals with managing physical problems in elderly people.It mainly focuses on people in the process of ageing. Geriatric physiotherapy helps aged people or elderly improve physical balance and strength, build confidence and keep them active. Elders may lose strength, mobility and flexibility due to the aging process. Geriatric physiotherapy treatment offers prevention and intervention measures to protect and enhance their quality of life.

Physiotherapy for old people offers to improve mobility & balance, build strength, improve joint range, and enhances strength & flexibility.

Conditions Treated By Geriatric Physiotherapy

Joint Pain

Joints connect bones within your body, bear weight and provide support during movements. Usually, joint pain is caused by injuries, inflammation of the lining of the joint, hemarthrosis, arthritis, STDs and gout. If the joint pain is left untreated for a longer time, it can restrict mobility and lead to weakness or instability to perform normal activities.

Geriatric physiotherapy is the best treatment to help reduce joint pain and improve the stability of the joints.

Generalized Weakness

Generalized weakness is one of the most common issues that almost every individual face post a certain age. Geriatric physiotherapy helps in bringing back the physical strength and stability, thereby improving patients’ quality of life.

Postural Instability

Postural instability is a condition of inability to maintain an upright position.Geriatric physiotherapy such as balance exercises, can improve postural instability.

Balance Impairment

Balance impairment in the elderly is the loss of normal functioning of muscles and bones. Geriatric physiotherapy treatment includes balance exercises to help improve the functions of muscles & bones.

Importance of Geriatric Physiotherapy

As we age, our body undergoes multiple degenerative changes leading to loss of strength in muscle tone which restricts mobility and flexibility. Geriatric care is important as it involves a sequence of preventive and intervening measures to provide the care and support essential to improve and manage functional independence and the quality of life.

Benefits of Geriatric Physiotherapy

Geriatric Physiotherapy aims to help elderly people maintain functional independence and overall well-being. It also helps in :

  1. Improving and managing the range of motion of various joints.
  2. Maintaining the strength and endurance of muscles.
  3. Performing their day to day activities without the need from a helping hand.
  4. Building strength and stability required for independent living.