Geriatric Physiotherapy

Geriatric Physiotherapy is a specialized field of physiotherapy that targets the problems affecting the elderly. Its primary focus is to help elderly patients perform basic daily functions and lead independent lives.

Geriatric physiotherapy addresses three main treatment categories:

Some conditions treated include joint replacements, cardiac diseases, Alzheimer’s, pulmonary disease, strokes, osteoporosis and arthritic diseases.

Geriatric Physiotherapy can also be a preventative measure that helps reduce the risk of injury by helping seniors get into the right physical shape. Participating in favorite sports and activities can provide a physical and psychological boost.

Rehabilitation after joint replacement is also a common condition treated by physiotherapists to assist the individual in healing and reclaiming quality of life.

    During the initial session, the physiotherapist will determine the specific needs for the patient through a series of questions and tests. From this, the physiotherapist will be able to design a specific program to help improve balance, mobility, and fitness. The treatment often consists of a series of exercises or movements, manual therapy, and education.

    • Disorders due to lack of exercise or limb disuses are resolved with exercises to restore normal range of motion
    • Cardiovascular diseases are treated with exercise, water therapy and electrical stimulation
    • Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are treated with specialized therapies, as exercise can be painful and the bones are fragile

    In British Columbia, Geriatric Physiotherapists are available to provide information and treatment options for those interested in learning more.

Specific Techniques


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