The loss of mobility is very serious and a very real danger, and it is not strictly limited to the elderly. Mobility loss can occur due to injury or diseases such as osteoporosis and muscular dystrophy. This can happen to people of any age or background.
In some cases mobility loss is unavoidable and irreversible. However, for the most part its effects can be prevented or reduced through certain lifestyle choices and habits. Physical therapists are in a unique position to teach people how they can prevent the loss of mobility.
Physical therapy positions require some background in diagnostic medicine. Using this knowledge, physical therapists are able to make good recommendations about treatment and an exercise regimen for their patients. Since patients for physical therapy can be of any age or background, it’s important to understand that they will have different needs and expectations.
With elderly patients, a loss of balance and joint pain are common, so a therapist may put together a training regimen that addresses that specifically.
In other cases a patient’s limitations may be a result of pain or weakness. Some exercises a therapist may suggest in these instances could be low impact aerobic conditioning for back pain or knee marching for leg muscle weakness. It’s important to make sure that the exercises counter the condition appropriately and improve the overall abilities of the patient.
More and more therapists are taking advantage of the Nintendo Wii as a rehabilitation tool, since it helps to improve balance and joint motion. Additionally this tool is somewhat universal and can be used by people of all ages. It is also portable and very cost-effective compared to most exercise equipment.