What is Geriatric Physiotherapy?
Growing older can become a more pleasant and graceful experience. As we age, we are slower to heal and find ourselves more susceptible to physical and medical conditions like:
- Balance Disorders
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Joint Replacements
- General Deconditioning
Geriatric Physiotherapy is a discipline that focuses on addressing the special needs of seniors. Our physiotherapists are dedicated to help elderly patients maximize their physical functioning via:
- Mobility and coordination restoration
- Reducing fall risks
- Pain management
- Increase fitness, strength and conditioning
- Improving independence
- Improving wellness
Geriatric physio plays an important role in accelerating the recovery process of seniors and minimizing the effects of aging while enhancing wellness. Elderly people need specialised care for prevention and rehabilitation in order to extend their independence and mobility as much as possible.
Falls Prevention, Strength and Balance
Falls are a leading cause of injury among elderly people. Quoting Singapore’s Health Promotion Board between 2013-2016 about 8,000 seniors a year were admitted to hospitals due to falls. The incidence of falls increases sharply with age and it is expected that the numbers will rise as our population ages.
Singapore is currently one of the most rapidly ageing societies in Asia, along with Japan with more than 15% of the population aged 65 years and above.
Fracture to the hip is the most common fall related injury. Elderly people recover slowly from hip fractures and many of them never recover full mobility.
The good news is that geriatric physiotherapy can help prevent falls and minimize injuries if you do fall. If you are over 65 years old, talk to us. Our dedicated team of qualified and experienced physios will assess your condition to identify any risk factors for falling. They will also diagnose any balance or mobility limitations and weaknesses to your musculoskeletal system. Our physical therapy sessions for seniors are enjoyable too providing mental and physical improvements.
Home Based Geriatric Physiotherapy
City Osteopathy & Physiotherapy also provide senior services at their homes. Being in a familiar and comfortable environment can enhance the rehabilitation experience while at the same time eliminate the inconvenience of travels.