Role of physiotherapy in stroke, fracture, frailty and the elderly.
Physiotherapy restores and preserves function and independence. It promotes recovery after an illness, injury or disability and can deter deterioration. Our therapist will assess, diagnose and plan a rehabilitation programme together with our doctor for our residents.
Common treatment we perform in-house are:
- chest physiotherapy to improve lung function, prevent pneumonia
- joint and muscle strengthening, and range of movement exercises to prevent stiffness
balance and gait (walking) improvement
correct use of walking aids
joint manipulations to improve flexibility and pain
soft tissue massage for pain relief
TENs for pain relief
This is immensely helpful for post-stroke patients, elderly who have fallen or is unstable, Parkinson’s syndrome, post-operation to improve mobility, strength and prevent long lie complications and muscle atrophy (becoming weak).
Lying in bed for more than a week starts to weaken your muscles. The elderly are very vulnerable to this. They may take to bed because of a chest infection, but they may never get out of bed again if planned rehabilitation doesn’t happen together with the infection being treated.
Some elderly fall and fracture their hip bone, but is not fit for surgery. This can be very painful and stops them from moving about for weeks to months. This should be actively treated with medically supervised planned rehabilitation plus pain management. It is still possible to retain walking function if this is done properly. Those who stay in bed due to pain will slowly waste their muscle bulk away and never be able to regain their independence and mobility.
Call to enquire about what we can do to help if these are your concerns.