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Geriatric Rehabilitation

Keeping you on the go...

Geriatric Rehabilitation addresses a wide array of issues that concern individuals as they experience normal ageing, in particular the older adults. Ageing does not have to include withdrawing from the activities you love, due to pain, stiffness when moving or lack of mobility. Rehab Oasis has an established reputation for providing advanced, evidence-based care that meets the needs of each individual patient. Rehab Oasis through its dedicated staff of Physical Therapists will provide patients with the best treatment and functional outcome.

 

What Is Geriatric Rehabilitation?

There are several injuries and disorders that are particularly prevalent among older individuals. For instance, research shows that an estimated 30% - 40% of adults over the age of 65 will fall at least once with some sustaining serious injuries or even death (Ambrose et al, 2013). The major risk factors that have been attributed to the increased risk of falling are; impaired balance and gait, polypharmacy, and a history of a previous fall. Geriatric Rehabilitation focuses on minimizing modifiable risk factors and providing relief of symptoms from conditions to enable older adults to return to their active lifestyle.

Conditions

 

Geriatric disorders cover a large spectrum of conditions, each with their own specific symptoms and cause. Some of the most common geriatric disorders treated with physical therapy include:

 

  • Osteoporosis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Balance Disorders

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Joint Replacement Rehabilitation

  • Neurological Disorders

How Can Physical Therapy Help?

Geriatric physical therapy treatment from the skilled experts at Rehab Oasis can help patients regain control of their active life. Physical therapy is a medical specialty that uses exercises, manipulations, and specific equipment to help patients regain or improve mobility and function.

Geriatric Rehabilitation

Your geriatric physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation to assess and determine the following:

 

  • Joint: a series of measurements will be performed to determine which joint is involved and the extent to which the inflammation is acute

  • Strength: resisted testing is performed to determine if there is associated weakness or strength imbalances

  • Flexibility: range of motion measurements will be taken to determine if there is reduced joint movement

  • Technique and activities of daily living (ADL): the therapist will review what activities you have difficulty with and will help you make modifications in technique to reduce stress on the involved joint.

  • Gait, Balance and Alignment: the therapist will assess your gait and balance on even and uneven surfaces. An assistive device such as a cane or walker may be indicated to improve safety, gait and reduce stress on the effected joint.

  • Endurance: the therapist will use standardized outcome measures for the assessment of endurance and compare your results to age predicted norms.

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