Physical Therapy for Seniors

Physical Therapy for Seniors

Not all senior citizens spend all their time in hospitals or at the doctor’s office. Yet, many seniors avoid being active because of illness or injuries. Sometimes painful joints can make even the simplest of tasks hurt too much to engage in. Arthritis is common in older people. If you are a senior citizen who has painful joints along with a limited range of motion then you might want to consider physical therapy. You just might find that you can reduce, or even eliminate any pain medicines you currently take. Of course, you should get your doctor’s approval first.

Many people benefit from physical therapy after being in an accident, or even suffering from a stroke. However, physical therapy is indeed useful beyond these constraints. Physical therapy can enhance overall health and fitness, along with better balance and increased muscle strength. A physical therapist will use many types of rehab supplies and exercise equipment to achieve these goals.

Elderly people are at risk of falling and becoming injured. Yet, with improved balance, muscle strength, and the flexibility that physical therapy offers the risk of a senior falling and getting hurt can be greatly reduced. Falling can cause broken bones and hip fractures are quite common when seniors fall. Some seniors that suffer hip fractures never fully recover. Physical therapy could significantly reduce this unfortunate outcome.

Naturally, physical therapy costs in financial terms. If you are on Medicare or another insurance plan you should investigate if physical therapy is covered. You should do this with your doctor’s approval. Not only is your doctor’s approval important for your well-being, but he may need to refer you for physical therapy if there is no specific reason for needing it. Doing this leg work before you start therapy is the way to go, because nobody needs unwanted medical bills.

You might find that your insurance covers physical therapy up to a capped dollar amount. Some rehab centers will allow you to continue therapy at a reduced fee once the insurance cap has been reached; check on this before you start your therapy sessions. This way there are no surprises. You might find you can afford a reduced rate.

To close, many senior citizens can benefit by engaging in physical therapy. Flexibility, increased muscle strength, better balance, and reduced pain indeed make physical therapy attractive to seniors. Elderly people are at greater risk of falling, which can cause broken bones and painful hip fractures. Physical therapy may reduce the risk of falling. Check with your doctor to see if physical therapy is right for you.