The Role of the Physical Therapist in the Care of the Older Adult

Shana Richards, Adrian Cristian

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Physical therapists play an important role in the care of older adults who have physical disabilities. Proper patient selection, a thorough medical, social, and functional history, and a physical examination emphasizing the neuromusculoskeletal system are the cornerstones of the evaluation process. Treatment is individualized and goal driven, with appropriate precautions being followed. Gait training is an integral part of the treatment process for many older adults with disabilities, and various assistive devices may be used to ensure safe mobility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-279
Number of pages11
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes


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