Geriatric physiotherapy focuses on the unique movement
needs of older adults. There are many conditions that affect people as they grow older such as arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, joint replacements, and balance disorders.
The goal of our geriatric physiotherapy treatments is to help:
restore mobility affected by old age
workaround physical limitations
improve physical fitness and overall health
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint.
BALANCE AND COORDINATION
Balance is the ability to maintain a controlled body position during task performance, whether it is sitting at a table, walking the balance beam or stepping up onto a kerb. To function effectively across environments and tasks, we need the ability to maintain controlled positions during both static (still) and dynamic (moving) activities.
Incontinence is a term that describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder
Joint replacement surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of a joint and replaces them with new, man-made parts.
Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone weakening increases the risk of a broken bone. It is the most common reason for a broken bone among the elderly. Bones that commonly break include the vertebrae in the spine, the bones of the forearm, and the hip. Until a broken bone occurs there are typically no symptoms.
CHRONIC GERIATRIC PAIN
Chronic geriatric pain may be defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage, for persons who are either aged (65 to 79 years old) or very aged (80 and over) and who have had pain for greater than 3 months.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Symptoms start gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand.
Trouble with swallowing refers to two problems: Dysphagia — the sensation of food or fluid being regurgitated or stuck in the chest; also any throat dyscoordination leading to coughing or choking during swallowing. Odynophagia — pain in throat or chest during swallowing.
Gait" means the way a person walks. Abnormal gait or gait abnormality occurs when the body systems that control the way a person walks do not function in the usual way. This may happen duo to illness, genetic factors, injury or abnormalities in the legs or feet.
Asthenia, also known as weakness, is the feeling of body fatigue or tiredness. A person experiencing weakness may not be able to move a certain part of their body properly.