Geriatric physiotherapy is a specialized field of physiotherapy that focuses on the assessment and treatment of physical impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities in older adults. The goal of geriatric physiotherapy is to improve the quality of life of older adults by promoting functional independence, mobility, and overall well-being.
Geriatric physiotherapists work with older adults who may be experiencing a variety of conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. They use a range of treatment techniques such as exercise therapy, manual therapy, and education to help manage pain, improve mobility, and reduce the risk of falls.
In addition to providing treatment, geriatric physiotherapists also focus on preventing future injuries and promoting healthy aging. They may provide advice on lifestyle modifications, such as diet and exercise, and suggest modifications to the home environment to improve safety and accessibility.