Deconditioning is a process that can happen after a serious bout of inactivity, or bedrest. It can result in functional losses, both in mental status and physical ability. It is frequently seen with the elderly after a period of hospitalization. The resultant loss in muscle mass and strength can have serious repercussions, leading to falls and increased frailty and immobility. Without proper treatment after hospitalization, patients can fall into a vicious cycle of hospitalization, discharge, and readmittance.
Numerous studies have shown that physical therapy and exercise in older adults can increase mobility, decrease risk of falls, and even increase bone mineral density.
At Reddy Care Physical and Occupational Therapy, we offer a variety of physical and occupational therapy services to help improve your independence and ability to take part in everyday activities. With modalities such as:
- Targeted exercises and stretches
- Hands on therapy
- Ultrasound technology
- Balance work
- Gait analysis and training
Physical therapists can help relieve the pain and other symptoms related to deconditioning and help the patient regain their strength and mobility. They will work with the patient one-on-one to create a custom treatment plan to treat their specific symptoms. Our occupational therapists can also provide services like home safety assessments, and aid in the patients transition into using certain assistive devices, to keep the patient safe in the vulnerable time after a hospital stay.
Muscle mass and strength tend to decrease with age, and this becomes even more pronounced in elderly that are deconditioned. After an injury, hospital stay, or period of bedrest, it’s important to get proper care after to facilitate recovery. Our physical and occupational therapist can help. If you would like to find out more about the treatments we offer, or to get scheduled with one of our physical or occupational therapists, give us a call today!
Reddy Care Great Neck (Great Neck Physical Therapy): 516-829-0030
Reddy Care Farmingdale (Farmingdale Physical Therapy): 516-420-2900
North Shore Towers: 718-224-8480
Woodbury Physical Therapy: 516-367-1111
In-Home Physical & Occupational Therapy (Home Care): 516-829-0030
*Home therapy servicing Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx & Manhattan