Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, poor balance and arthritis are the most common diagnoses we see in older adults. Regardless of the diagnoses, balance training is often included in our exercise therapy for older adults and we emphasize dynamic strength, flexibility, endurance and proprioception.
We offer balance training for good reason. About 50% of adults over 80 years old fall each year, with many of these falls resulting in serious injury and extensive health care costs (CDC 2015). Our physical therapists specialize in fall prevention and treatment for older adults by addressing the four key balance systems: vision, vestibular (inner ear), somatosensory (receptors throughout the brain/body) and musculoskeletal (BMC Geriatrics 2016). Regardless of age, the more obese and less active a person is, their greater fall risk (Arch Gerontol Geriatr 2012). Therefore, our therapy seeks not only to improve your dynamic balance, but also lifestyle to facilitate more effective long-term outcomes.
Our arthritis and osteoporosis treatment focuses primarily on standing exercises that strengthen the entire lower body, especially the hips and thighs. We do this because both arthritis and osteoporosis tend to respond favorably to weight bearing exercise, which strengthens large muscle groups (e.g., hips and thighs) and bones more effectively than non-weight-bearing exercise because of compressive gravitational forces (Arch Osteoporosis 2013; JOSPT 2011). The key to success is obtaining an exercise plan that can be performed safely and independently at home or a health club.
Our physical therapists work closely with your physician to ensure uninterrupted and consistent care. Our services are covered by insurance, including Medicare and Family Care.
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