Physical Therapy for Seniors

By Western Berks Physical Therapy on July 22nd, 2019

Physical Therapy for Seniors

Physical therapy for seniors is an excellent choice for patients over ager 65 recovering from injury or illness and for those experiencing chronic pain. Physical therapy can help relieve pain and restore physical functions such as flexibility, strength, balance and coordination.

Physical therapy treatments for conditions commonly experience by seniors including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint replacements
  • Chronic pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Stroke
  • Vertigo
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic deconditioning
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Podiatric foot problems
  • Unstable walking
  • Gait deficits
  • Fear of falling
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Migraine management

Along with the conditions above, the medical community has found that physical therapy can be very beneficial to patients with a variety of diseases and medical conditions, including a few below that might surprise you.

Arthritis: Most people 65 and over have some arthritis, even if they don’t have the symptoms. Physical therapy can help offset future arthritis symptoms by using a variety of techniques.

Parkinson’s Disease: Patients perform exercises that improve trunk flexibility to avoid the robotic movements the disease produces.

Incontinence: Through Pelvic Floor Therapy, both male and female patients are taught how to find the right muscles and use them correctly. Doing pelvic exercises helps strengthen muscles to better control the bladder and bowels.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Exercising can improve memory and delay the onset of more serious memory problems. Physical therapists serve as “mirrors” for patients, showing the patient how to move and further aiding in their memory retention.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Physical therapy can improve COPD by training muscles and increasing aerobic capacity.

Physical therapy can help seniors in about every health care area imaginable. If you’re recovering from surgery or an illness or living with a disease, ask your doctor about physical therapy. Physical therapy can give you back your independence by increasing your mobility and making daily tasks easier. To find out ways to stay even more mobile, contact Western Berks Physical Therapy today!


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