How Can Geriatric Physical Therapy Help You?
Many chronic orthopedic and neurological conditions can be improved with geriatric physical therapy. Our orthopedic specialists will evaluate and treat your pain, muscles, joints and bones. Neurology specialists will evaluate and treat stroke, concussion (TBI), MS, MD, Parkinson’s and other conditions with movement and gait/balance difficulties. The side effects of cancer and cancer treatments can be addressed by our lymphedema, peripheral neuropathy, orthopedic or neurology specialists.
With so many treatments available, we start with an exam to assess your assets and problem areas.
For low back pain/sciatica complaints we will want to look at your posture, balance, gait, flexibility of your spine and hips, core and hip strength, spinal stability, and muscle tone. With aging, we always find several areas that need work to improve symmetry and function. In physical therapy we say “motion is lotion”. We want to help you to stay active at an appropriate level, whether it’s walking to the mailbox with a cane or hiking in the Colorado mountains with trekking poles.
We find that many leg complaints involve lack of symmetry of gait, stiffness, weakness, and balance issues. We are experts at improving gait and balance through geriatric physical therapy. Pain leads to increasing weakness and stiffness over time. To address both, we will give you home exercises that are reasonable and personalized to your level.
With the arms, we find that many people have lost shoulder motion resulting in pain and abnormal compensations. This results in pain that can be resolved by restoring shoulder mobility. Finally, neck motion is often decreased with aging resulting in headaches, worsening posture, and difficulty turning one’s head to drive safely. This motion can be regained.
We want you to be capable of playing golf, tennis, hike, and swim or just walking. Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Tai Chi and Silver Sneakers are examples of some of our patient’s goals. Exercise improves and affects our whole bodies including the GI system and sleep dysfunctions. But, sometimes there are pains or other physical barriers to being active. This is where geriatric physical therapy benefits you.
The list of possibilities is endless. Let us help you to age more comfortably and independently.