Wait, So What Is Geriatric Physical Therapy?

Wait, So What Is Geriatric Physical Therapy?

October 26, 2021

Hey guys, welcome! And happy fall (the greatest season of them all, in my humble opinion). I hope you’ve all got your sweaters and blankets and mugs with hot chocolate because today, we’re going to sit and go back to the basics. If you’ve read previous posts or follow us on Facebook (if not, follow us. We’ll be here when you get back. Search Vitality At Home), you’re probably wondering why we post about older adults exercising so much. Well, that’s what I’m here for today, because I’m thinking that some are thinking: wait, so what’s Geriatric Physical Therapy?

Geriatric Physical Therapy

Geriatric Physical Therapy is physical therapy catered to older adults who are typically 60-90. In most cases, this starts when the patient is leaving hospitalization from an injury, illness or surgery and continues until their doctor and therapist believes they have made significant strides and can go on alone (more on that later). To be more specific, Geriatric Physical Therapy does more than help patients regain mobility and function in areas they have lost it (unless, of course, it’s a permanent condition) but assists in reducing the chance of re-injury and accidents, like falls. Geriatric Physical Therapy also focuses on treatment of the aches and pains that are common (but NOT normal) as a person gets older.

So what conditions do this type of therapy tackle? Well, physical therapists who specialize in this field are able to handle arthritis (especially the three most common ones we discussed in an old post), balance disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and other forms of joint replacement. Sometimes, geriatric physical therapists might provide additional services. Alright, we’ve answered your question “What is Geriatric Physical Therapy?” So in the section below, we’ll discuss why it’s crucial.

Why it’s so Important?

Exercise is vital for everyone of all ages but more critical for seniors. And not just to be healthy physically, but improving mobility and function to the point where you reduce your need for assistance is even better. Because more times than not, independence equals happiness. Happiness to where you can experience life to the fullest with loved ones, like taking a nice, long walk on the beach with our partners. Maybe playing with the dog—or running around the park with the grandkids. Or simply walk alone to our favorite store for a quick snack with as little pain as possible. As we get older, having an exercise plan is just as important as a retirement plan!

Is this for Me?

Typically, this form of physical therapy is reserved for seniors who have experienced situations like those stated above. However, don’t let that stop you from embarking on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. There are many ways to do that without being in physical therapy. But if you believe you are a great candidate or have questions to see if you are, not only do we recommend talking to your doctor, but give us a call or email us with a free consultation to find out. Because guess what: if you are considered a good fit, Vitality At Home does physical therapy in the comfort of your home. Isn’t that fantastic?!

Well, it was great talking to you again, my friend. Until next time, and hopefully, we’ve answered your great question of “What is Geriatric Physical Therapy?”

If you have more questions specific to you, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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