Anti-Aging in Happy Valley

Successful Aging

If you have ever heard or said:
“Once you hit 30…”
“Oh, it’s just an old injury…”
“I’m just getting older…”
“The aches and pains of getting older…”

One thing that we hear is that we have to slow down and give up the things that we love doing just because we are getting older.  As we age it is true that recovery times slows and this is in part due to the fact that the rate that we make new cells slows down. This does not mean you need to get weaker or give up the things you love. After all, we have now had a person over the age of 100 run a marathon and skiers are on the slopes after total knee replacement and total hip replacements. Careful planning of exercise may not literally keep you young but it will keep you feeling young. The best way to rehab an injury as we age is not have it in the first place, which is why the exercise programs that we help design for our patients always consider their age, goals and how to best prevent common injuries based on your activities and medical history.

Fall risk is a consideration for everyone and more so every year. There are simple steps you can take to reduce your fall risk by adding simple strength and balance based exercises. Physical Therapy brings an evidence based approach to assessing what specific activities will benefit you the most. We can also help plan successful management of the increased fall risks associated with diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteo arthritis (OA) and diabetes (type I and type II). Most people can have these assessments covered under their insurance.

There are many programs designed for seniors from water aerobics, yoga, silver sneakers and good old fashioned weight training. We have experience at helping people adapt nearly any sport to the specific needs that you have and with careful consideration. We also are able to take the sports you love and turn them into rehab. If you want to know not only how to get back to the sports that you love but how to turn your sport into rehab give us a call.

Total Joint Replacement Rehab

As we see people being active longer into their life we are seeing different demands on the body. Total joint replacement surgery continues to grow in popularity due to its ability to keep people active longer with less pain. The surgical procedures continue to improve and so does the research around the outcomes. The old belief of “giving up high impact sports” after a joint replacement has been called into questions in recent years and more senior athletes are continuing the sports and activities that they love after joint replacement surgery. If you are having a total joint replacement it is vital that your rehab reflect the outcomes that you want to return to. Our therapists stay current with current research and help you achieve those goals faster and more safely. Your new joint should be an asset, not a limiting factor. If your total knee or total hip replacement has left you unable to do the things you love give us a call to find out how to get back to the things that you love.

Fall Prevention

It doesn’t matter how old you are, falls are never normal and having more than one in a two year period may mean that you could benefit from a fall risk screen and exercise plan to reduce the risk of future falls. It has also been shown that falls cause, “87 percent of fractures in seniors, 25 percent of all hospital admissions and 40 percent of all nursing home admissions, with 40 percent of those admitted unable to return to independent living.” In other words falls are a big deal and should not be ignored. The cause of falls can be nearly anything, ranging from changes in vision, medical complications, weakness, pain, arthritis, strokes, MS, Parkinson’s disease or changes in medication. Physical Therapy is an integral part in fall prevention and often a first point of contact for safety evaluations for patients in a hospital setting when falls at home are in question. Often times fall prevention training can be done in very few visits and focus on improving your independence. We take pride in helping our patients get back to the things that they love doing, safely and confidently. Call us today to see if a fall risk assessment can help you or a loved one.