PT is recommended for seniors suffering from vestibular, balance, gait, orthopedic and arthritis disorders, stroke/CVA, vertigo, incontinence, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral Palsy, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, diabetes, and many other condition.
“It’s important to look at each individual,” says Tim Kauffman, PT, PhD, professor of physical therapy at Drexel University. “Every person of any age has an individual backgro und, say an auto accident, football injury, genetic predispositions. No two elderly people are alike. “PT stresses individual approach to improve patients’ health.
For an instance, according to Jennifer Bottomley, president of the geriatrics section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and adviser to the surgeon general, falls and resulting injuries are one of the most common causes of the elderly turning for help to PT. “They want and need to maintain their independence,” she says. PT treats balance problems by improving nutrition habits, muscle strength, joint receptors, and peripheral vision.
Stroke recovery is another example, being a leading cause of disability in the nation that brings thousands of rehabilitation patients to PT, physical therapists use proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation that stimulates and retrain the brain.
Real PT Patient’s Story:
“I am currently seeing a man (71 years old) who has prostate cancer. He uses a cane, and lives with his elderly mother and his sister. He had back surgery about a year ago and has been ‘hunched over’ ever since. He suffers from excruciating pain in his left thigh. I suspected his hip flexor muscle was involved, and so he is now receiving therapy twice a week for stretching and massage, which has helped relieve his pain and straighten his posture significantly. His daughter is getting married in April and he wants to be able to walk her down the aisle standing straight up. He’s well on his way,” shared her story the WPPHA Physical Therapist, Jennifer Parks.
WPHHA is the home health care organization that offers PT services at convenient and comfortable setting. Whether you suffered a disease that left you impaired or are just going through the natural aging process, WPHHA experienced physical therapists can help by developing a personalized treatment plan to accommodate your specific physical therapy needs. Call WPHHA today or visit our website to become a patient!
Western Pennsylvania home Health Association is a non-profit organization, servicing clients throughout Western Pennsylvania. At WPHHA we have coined the term “mobile healthcare services” to meet your needs on your time. These include in-home nursing, non-medical homecare and rehabilitation services. Our main concern is to help you or your loved ones maintain the highest level of wellness and independence.