Geriatric Physical Therapy
March 29, 2022
Just as no total knee rehab is the same, we must look at patients differently too. A 25-year-old with low back pain cannot be treated the same as a 75-year-old with low back pain. It is important for your physical therapist to understand that pediatrics must be treated differently than geriatrics and geriatrics must be treated differently than someone who is in their forties.
Geriatric patients present with different concerns than other patients. These concerns may include lower bone density, altered work loads that are needed to gain muscle, center of gravity changes, and other medical issues and considerations.
The goals of the geriatric patient often include things such as improving balance, improving mobility, and improving your quality of life. These goals must be addressed by your therapist differently for each individual patient’s needs and goals.