Geriatric physiotherapy is a specialized field which studies to understand the problems of aging and the problems affecting the elderly. A number of problems affecting the older population have been identified and are treated by geriatric physiotherapy.
The disorders covered by physiotherapy for older people include, but are not limited to, arthritic disorders, pulmonary disease, joint replacements, cardiac diseases, cancer, balance disorders, incontinence, Alzheimer's, pulmonary disorders, strokes and osteoporosis. Each disorder is treated by its own unique treatment.
Geriatric physiotherapy, unlike other fields of physiotherapy, does not aim at making patients perform better than they used to before. For elderly patients, the main focus is on allowing them to perform basic functions and daily activities without having to rely on others' assistance. It allows them to live an independent life.
As a result, physiotherapy is often aimed at training seniors to get into the right physical shape to play their favourite sport. Allowing them the independence and physical fitness to play a sport at an advanced age gives them a physical and psychological boost. It also keeps depression at bay, which in recent years has claimed a growing number of seniors.
Rehabilitation also figures in a prominent role in geriatric physiotherapy, especially after joint replacement surgeries. These surgeries alter the gait of the patient and also influence the way they carry out everyday tasks. Physiotherapists can help them reclaim their previous quality of life.
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