The Art of Geriatric Physical Therapy: Techniques and Strategies for Students (Paperback)

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As students in the field of geriatrics, it is crucial for us to understand the unique challenges and requirements of the aging population. With advancements in healthcare and improved living conditions, people are now living longer than ever before. While this is undoubtedly a significant achievement, it also presents us with a new set of challenges in terms of healthcare and rehabilitation. This is where geriatric physical therapy comes into play.

Geriatric physical therapy is a specialized branch of physical therapy that focuses on addressing the needs of older adults. As we age, our bodies undergo various changes, including decreased muscle mass, reduced bone density, and diminished balance and coordination. These changes can lead to a higher risk of falls, fractures, and other physical limitations. Geriatric physical therapy aims to improve the overall quality of life for older adults by addressing these challenges and promoting physical independence.

One of the primary goals of geriatric physical therapy is fall prevention. Falls are a leading cause of injuries and hospitalizations among the elderly. Through targeted exercises and balance training, physical therapists can help older adults improve their strength, stability, and coordination, thereby reducing the risk of falls and related injuries.

Another crucial aspect of geriatric physical therapy is managing chronic conditions. As we age, the likelihood of developing chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular diseases increases. Geriatric physical therapists work closely with individuals to manage their symptoms, reduce pain, and improve mobility. By designing personalized exercise programs and providing hands-on therapies, these professionals can help older adults maintain an active and independent lifestyle.

Additionally, geriatric physical therapy plays a vital role in post-operative rehabilitation. Older adults often require surgical interventions for various conditions, such as joint replacements or cardiac procedures. After surgery, physical therapy is essential to regain strength, mobility, and functionality. Geriatric physical therapists devise rehabilitation programs tailored to the specific needs and limitations of older adults, ensuring a safe and effective recovery process.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798869024961
Publisher: Self
Publication Date: November 17th, 2023
Pages: 92
Language: English