What Services Do Physical Therapists Provide to the Elderly?

Physical therapy can help elders regain functionality, alleviate discomfort, and improve their quality of life. It can aid in the recovery of elderly persons after injury, illness, or surgical treatments, as well as increase strength, flexibility, and mobility.
What Services Do Physical Therapists Provide to the Elderly?
Physical therapy can benefit the elderly with a variety of problems, including:

  •    Rehabilitation from injuries such as a broken hip
  •     Osteoarthritis
  •     Pain syndromes
  •     Vertigo
  •     Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder.
  •     Alzheimer's disease is a neurological disorder.
  •     Stroke
  •     Diabetes-Related Incontinence
  •     Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  •     Cerebral palsy
  •     COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Physical therapy for the elderly has numerous advantages:
  •     Reduces the likelihood of a fall
                 -Strength and balance are improved.
                 -Teaches fall prevention practices
  •     Reduces the possibility of harm
                   -Stability is taught.
                   -Pain relief from chronic conditions
                   -Pain and discomfort caused by illnesses such as arthritis or     osteoporosis may be alleviated.
                   -It lessens the need for drugs.
  • Physical therapy may help patients become less reliant on prescription  medicines by managing chronic pain.
  • Encourages independence
        The faster a person recovers from an injury or sickness, and the better they manage pain, the more capable they are of leading an active and independent lifestyle.

Physical therapy for the elderly is typically a combination of methods such as:

    Massage treatment
        The therapist's hands are used to relax the patient, relieve discomfort, and increase flexibility. Massage for relaxation, circulation improvement, and pain alleviation may be included.
  •  Mobilization, which aids in the loosening of stiff joints and enhances flexibility
  •  Manipulation is a technique that uses quick, strong movements to reduce pain and realign joints and bones.
    The use of cold treatment
  •   It is used to treat pain, edema, and inflammation.
  •   Ice packs are utilized for 15- to 20-minute sessions, as well as ice massage and RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
    Heat treatment
  •  Relaxes muscles and improves circulation.
  •  It aids in the loosening of stiff joints.

        Also helps to loosen muscles before workout.


  • Water is used to aid in the healing of soft tissues, enhance blood flow, and promote relaxation.

    Stimulation with electricity

  • Electrical currents are employed in the body to provide a specific effect, such as decreasing pain or contracting muscles in stroke patients.


  • Before and after exercise, sound waves are used to minimize muscle spasms and relax the muscles

The following are examples of common methods of physical therapy for seniors:

  • Physical therapy for the elderly

            -Focuses on the issues of aging adults
            -Used to treat arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, joint replacement, and balance issues.
            -Programs can help recover mobility, improve fitness, and alleviate discomfort.

  • Physical treatment for orthopedics

        -To treat musculoskeletal injuries or aid in the recovery from orthopedic surgery
        -Muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments are all restored to function.

  • Physical treatment for the heart and lungs

            -Patients who have suffered a heart attack or another cardiovascular or pulmonary illness such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis are given medication.
            -Can aid in the development of endurance and functional independence

  • Physical treatment for the nervous system

             -Used for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, ALS, Parkinson's disease, or individuals with brain injury that focus on the brain and the body.
             -Teaches patients how to adapt to eyesight, movement, balance, and muscular loss in order to do everyday activities more readily.