Elderly Care2019-08-31T06:25:04+01:00

Chartered Physiotherapists

Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Elderly Care

Portobello Physiotherapy Clinic provides specialist care and treatment for a wide range of conditions associated with ageing both in a home care setting and on location in our clinic. The importance of staying mobile and independent as we age and advance into the later stages of life is paramount to both ones physical health and mental wellbeing.

Typical conditions treated in elderly patients:

What does a Physiotherapy Assessment entail?

The first part of your assessment with your physiotherapist will involve taking a detailed subjective history whereby your physiotherapist will ask you a series of questions regarding your symptoms, past medical history, any medications your on and your current level of physical activity.

The second part of your assessment will involve a detailed physical examination in which you may be asked to remove some of your clothing to facilitate an accurate assessment of the affected areas. In the examination your physiotherapist may assess your strength, joint range of motion, balance, coordination, walking, posture and functional capacity.

The third phase of your physiotherapy assessment will involve a discussion between you and your physiotherapist about the findings of the assessment and a treatment plan will be drawn up.

Depending on your particular condition some of the following treatment strategies may be used:

  1. Exercise Therapy to increased strength, mobility, balance and coordination.
  2. Pain management (TENS, Therapeutic massage, Heat, Acupuncture).
  3. Provision of walking aids (stick, zimmer frame) to assist with mobility and maintaining independence with daily activities.
  4. Provision of braces and supports for arthritic or injured joints, gait re-education both indoors and outdoors, stairs practice, technical advice on how to manage your condition within your home or working environment.

Further reading: Falls in the Elderly

After a lifetime of playing sport, some of it serious and some not, I have picked up bumps and bangs along the way. Last year I started having problems with my knees and for my job that was a problem. Thankfully I was able to catch an appointment at Portobello Physio. After diagnosing me with hamstring tendonitis I was put on a conditioning programme that not only cleared up my knee trouble but has me way stronger so all those other bumps and bangs aren’t as bad either. I have had to go to physio a good bit over the years with my job and I can honestly say that the physio service at Portobello Clinic is one of the very best, couldn’t recommend it highly enough. A great place for sports people.

Michael Nugent Head Pro M.L.T.C Former Davis Cup Player

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