Geriatric Physical Therapy
OK I admit it, I’m a Senior Citizen. So What? I can do everything I need to do!
You know your body better than anyone else and when something isn’t right, we can help make sense of what’s wrong. There are many changes that occur through the lifespan and it is crucial to be treated by a professional who understands these physiological and biomechanical changes so that you do not injure yourself more when seeking physical therapy care.
A thorough Initial Examination is crucial to ensure primary and secondary issues are properly addressed. So, finding a healthcare professional who will listen to your history and take the time to understand why you feel the way you do is obviously important. Beginning with the initial evaluation, we focus on your symptoms to gain a better understanding of your problems. We take into account your descriptions and perform a thorough examination to learn which structures are the origin of your pain. But we go one step further. We take serious consideration of the surrounding areas and assess them for secondary dysfunction. Understanding the “cause of the cause” of pain is crucial to ensuring long term benefits with physical therapy. For instance, many shoulder problems originate from impingement or damage to the rotator cuff. However, some rotator cuff dysfunctions have been shown to be a result from poor mobility or stability of the scapula and the spine – the “cause of the cause”. When these basic problems adjacent to the shoulder joint are not addressed during physical therapy treatment sessions, the probability of a poor recover or even further re-injury significantly increases.
If you are an active individual and want to take steps to avoid injury, please take advantage of our free screening to see if you currently exhibit some of these secondary dysfunctions.
Balance training is something that all patients over the age of 70 should participate in. Strength training for the hips is a must, not an option. Contact us today to set up an appointment. We accept Medicare , BCBS, UHC and other plans to make it easier on you.