Geriatric Physical Therapy

At P.T. Northwest we understand the physiological changes that occur with normal aging and believe that normal aging need not always result in pain and decreased functional capacity. Yet when it does, we are an excellent source of information for understanding these changes, and offer assistance for regaining lost abilities or developing new ones.

Common Conditions

A large number of geriatric conditions are treated effectively with physical therapy intervention. Examples of specific diseases and conditions that may affect older people and be improved with physical therapy at P.T. Northwest include:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident
  • Cancer
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Urinary and Fecal Incontinence
  • Amputations
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Diseases
  • Coordination and Balance Disorders
  • Generalized Weakness
  • Decreased Endurance
  • Sports/Orthopedic Injuries
  • Joint Replacements

Goals

  • Increase, restore or maintain range of motion, physical strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and endurance.
  • Recommend adaptations to make the home accessible and safe.
  • Teach positioning, transfers, and walking skills.
  • Promote maximum functional independence within an individual's capability.
  • Increase overall fitness.