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Geriatric Rehabilitation

Geriatric Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy in Glen Cove

As we age, our body undergoes wear and tear creating physical changes that affect our functionality and well-being. With people living longer it is now vital to help aging adults maintain their independence and keep them doing what they enjoy. At Island Sports Physical Therapy we are dedicated to optimizing function for aging adults. We are aware of the vast range of benefits exercise and rehabilitation provides for geriatric patients.

At all six of our locations in East Northport, Huntington, Nesconset, Coram, East Meadow, and Glen Cove, our physical therapists will first evaluate your physical capabilities and then design a personalized program of exercise, education, and wellness individualized towards your needs. All of our physical therapists address the unique medical and functional problems associated with aging. We are here to improve patient’s health and minds. The staff incorporates aspects of teaching, prevention, fitness and wellness in all their rehabilitative programs. We understand the needs of each patient and work with them physically and mentally to help achieve their goals and well-being.

Physical therapy intervention can prevent lifelong disability while restoring your quality of life. Geriatric conditions treated with physical therapy:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
    • Weak bones make you prone to more slips and falls
  • Cancer-related complications
  • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Can affect the patient’s rehabilitation goals and outcomes.
  • Joint replacement and other orthopedic surgeries
  • Neurologic disorders
    • Stroke
    • Parkinson’s
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Vestibular
  • Balance disorders
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Prevention of future falls
    • Which can protect the patient’s health and improve longevity
  • Arthritis
  • Blood-pressure control
  • Depression
    • Common in the older population if a functional loss of mobility and an inability to perform activities of daily living
  • Diabetes control
  • Enhancing muscle strength
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac and pulmonary diseases
  • Joint replacements

Working with our staff here at Island Sports Physical Therapy will help you receive treatment safely in addition to providing a safe environment for exercises. Lifting weights is an excellent way of combating muscle loss as we age. Balance and gait-training are also critically important as falls can be life-threatening.

At Island Sports Physical Therapy our staff seeks to improve both the strength and mobility to help aging adults in order to build confidence by staying active. Our physical therapists will focus on your specific goals, by creating individual treatment programs which can help to restore mobility, reduce pain, increase strength, and improve fitness levels.

Forms of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Exercise: Designed to both maintain and improve a person’s coordination, muscle strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. The goal is to increase mobility and lessen their chance of injury through falling. Exercise in relation to geriatric therapy might include:

  • Stretching
  • Walking
  • Weightlifting

Manual Therapy: Manual therapy is used to reduce any joint or muscular pain through hands-on techniques. The goal is to of improve circulation, therefore, reducing inflammation and scar tissue helping to restore mobility lost due to injury.

Education: Education is important as we age as your body’s mechanisms may have changed. There are proper ways of performing exercises safely in order to protect yourself from further injury.

Physical therapy can help seniors and people of all ages to feel better and improve quality of life.

Geriatric rehabilitation is important, once your time at Island Sports Physical Therapy is complete, you will have a decrease in overall pain and an improvement in range of motion, physical strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and endurance. Most importantly, you will leave knowing how to live the life you want safely and effectively.

With help from Island Sports Physical Therapy, you are ensured to live a safer, pain-free life. With our combination of physical rehabilitation and our goal to educate our patients on their needs and health, you will leave feeling your best.


Geriatric Rehabilitation February 13, 2015

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