Geriatric physiotherapy or geriatric physical therapy is a branch of medicine that covers a wide area of issues concerning normal adults but particularly focusing on older adults. It works on the problems of rehabilitation and physical therapy. It concerns three main areas- normal ageing due to disuse and deconditioning, cardiovascular problems such as vascular disease or stroke, and skeletal problems like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis and conditions like knee or hip replacement. You can consult a geriatric physiotherapist who specializes in attaining high level of physical help in the elderly. They design a custom activity and exercise plan according to the need of the patient. They help the patient to return to pre-injury quality life. A geriatric patient may require a team of doctors – the speech therapist, the chiropodist, the orthopedic surgeon, the physical medicine consultant, the porters and the ward house cleaners for their treatment. They offer exercises to improve a person's co-ordination, physical strength, flexibility and physical endurance. Geriatric therapy exercises include stretching, walking, weight lifting, aquatic therapy and speech exercise. Manual therapy is also given to restore the person's mobility and circulation lost due to injury or lack of use. This reduces injury and manipulates the muscles and joints. The patient is also taught to perform daily tasks safely. Physical therapist educates people to use assistive devices. A Physical therapist must be well versed in biological, medical, physiological and physical sciences. He must have graduated from an accredited from education program and should have a degree in specialty clinical experience. Physical therapy intervention can prevent lifelong disability, restoring the highest level of function.
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