The Importance of Elderly Physical Therapy
As individuals age, the body begins to become tired and worn down and injuries and chronic illnesses become more common. Every year, countless seniors in the Tyler, Texas area visit the emergency room or their physician’s office following an injury or from ongoing symptoms of a health condition. Senior safety and health is very important for both the elderly adult and their loved ones. One of the best ways older adults can keep their body mobile and healthy is with an elderly physical therapy program. The pain management physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler specialize in a wide number of prevention and treatment options for injuries, pain and disability, including physical therapy in older adults.
The Two Most Common Elderly Injuries
There are two injuries that plague older adults on an ongoing basis. These injuries include:
- Fall-related injuries- It is reported that about 33% of adults over the age of 65 years experience a fall each year. Falls often cause sprains, hip fractures, lacerations and head injuries.
- Fractures- After the age of 50 years, 50% of women and 25% of men will experience an age-related fracture caused by a loss of bone density and mass.
Physical Therapy and Older Adults
Physical therapy and older adults go hand-in-hand. PT can help seniors retain their independence, restore and improve body mobility and functionality and reduce pain and discomfort associated with an injury, illness or chronic condition.
Elderly physical therapy is often prescribed after a fall. A fall is usually caused by a loss of balance, strength and/or flexibility. Physical therapy is designed to improve all of these functions, as well as posture, while easing pain and restoring mobility following an injury.
Fractures are typically caused by a loss of bone density and mass. Physical therapy and a regular exercise program can help control the impacts of bone loss.
Physical therapy in older adults utilizes a variety of strength training, stretching, walking and range of motion (ROM) exercises. This combination can help alleviate the painful symptoms of arthritis, as well as ease chronic pain, back pain, neck pain and joint pain.
Elderly physical therapy has also been found to be beneficial in managing diabetes, vertigo, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and cerebral palsy.
Types of Elderly Physical Therapy
Physical therapists and pain management physicians often recommend a number of PT types, including manual therapy, hydrotherapy, cold therapy, heat therapy, electrical stimulation and ultrasounds.
Physical therapy in older adults can help improve balance, flexibility, posture and strength, as well as help the body recover from an injury. If you live in the Tyler, Texas area and would like to learn more about elderly physical therapy, please contact the pain management office of Pain Recovery Center of Tyler.