Many people only think to come to PT after surgery, if they have an acute injury, or if they are in severe pain. Our services aren’t limited for those who have suffered an injury!
Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. (APTA.org)
Did you know that here at BMPT we can help you design a plan to help you with your fitness goals bearing in mind your personal abilities and limitations regardless of your age?
Did you know that we can also help you if you feel that your balance is off?
Pre-existing injuries interfering with workouts
Lately, we have seen an influx of older athletes who have injured themselves while working out. These injuries can be avoided, but it should start with a physical therapy screen
Basically the injuries fall into 3 catagories:
Joint issues and usually arthritis as the culprit. If there are ligamentous injuries it can, most likely, lead to arthritis. If there are joint laxities, it can be a good idea to strengthen around it, but how you do it is key.
Spinal injuries which can cause movement limitations or weakness.
Balance and stability issues, which should be accounted for and could lead to catastrophic injuries.
If you are an older athlete and want to start working out it would be prudent to have an evaluation. If you are currently working out and are having difficulties or if you want to increase the intensity of your workouts, a PT evaluation would still be a good idea.
Balance deficits in older adults
Many older Americans have subtle balance deficits and they are often unaware of them until they have a fall resulting in a catastrophic injury such as a wrist or hip fracture.
For many of these people, their balance could be improved or they can make adaptations in their life styles to minimize the possibility of falling. A physical therapy evaluation can identify subtle, or not so subtle, balance deficits or risks that could cause falling.
Static and dynamic balance activities and balance strategies are provided by our therapists.
At BMPT we’re here to help you feel your best physically!
Give us a call today to help you get on the right track to having a wonderful active summer!
Medicard and most insurances are accepted!
*Written by: Bear Mountain Physical Therapy*
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