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Physiotherapy for Senior Patients

By June 20, 2018Physiotherapy

Most people associate a need for physiotherapy with athletic injuries, car accidents and pre-existing conditions.  And there is a misconception that physiotherapy is only indicated for youth, young adults and very active people in their working years.  It’s important to note, however, that the benefits of physiotherapy can extend far beyond middle age and can promote mental and physical well-being for the elderly.  If you are an individual that suffers from aches and pains or someone who is dealing with reduced mobility due to injuries, arthritis or musculoskeletal issues, consider a consultation with a physiotherapist to see how you can find relief.

General Pain and Stiffness

As we get older, we sometimes feel that it’s our lot in life to deal with every day aches and pains.  The truth is, if we simply continue to function with discomfort and stiffness we may need some advice and strategies to move differently or adapt to demands imposed on our bodies.  Your physiotherapist can help you to reduce tenderness, improve mobility and prevent injury to your muscles and connective tissues.  In addition to in-clinic therapy, you will be given a regimen of exercises to complete on your own to help maintain good health and avoid repeated problems.

Building Strength

Physiotherapy is a great tool for building and maintaining strength in seniors.  Regular physiotherapy can help to build muscles, improve balance, increase cognitive skills and promote mobility.  Learning proper techniques for routine physical activities such as walking and climbing stairs can help elderly patients stay active and independent.  If you are a senior who wants to continue to stay physically fit and strong, a consultation with a physiotherapist could be the solution for you.

Avoiding or Delaying Joint Replacement

Hip and knee replacements are common with the elderly, and they are definitely a great option for many.  The fact is, however, that they usually last a maximum of 20 years, after which time they need to be replaced again.  To this end, it makes sense to try to delay surgery as long as possible in order to get the most out of your procedure.

The good news is that you don’t have to suffer through it.  Physiotherapy can help patients with joint pain to build strength and improve mobility through a combination of therapy and exercises.  This regimen can add years to the life of your existing joints, and effectively postpone the need for full or partial replacements.  What’s more – when the time does come to replace your joint, you will find your recovery will be much easier thanks to the benefits of physiotherapy.

Recovering from Joint Replacement

Joint replacement is an effective solution for those whose hips or knees are simply not able to be rehabilitated.  When the time comes for this procedure, many people find they have a new lease on life with improved mobility and reduced pain – but only if they follow through with physiotherapy after surgery.

Physiotherapy should begin within a couple of days of surgery to get the new joint moving, and will continue for at least 6 weeks post-op.  Not only will your physiotherapist give you strength building exercises and routines to ensure you have a positive outcome from your surgery, but they will also address other variables to alleviate possible problems later on.  Your physiotherapist can also help you to learn better techniques for walking, climbing stairs and other day to day tasks.

There are many ways that elderly individuals can benefit from physiotherapy for pain relief, improved mobility and the maintenance of a healthy, active lifestyle.  Give us a call to book a consultation with one of our experienced physiotherapists and get yourself moving again!