Mobility and Strengthening
Oftentimes, after surgery, a fall, or illness, a person ends up deconditioned and weak due to lack of movement. Regular physiotherapy can provide the guidance and accountability needed to improve mobility and increase strength. When a person is able to move freely and confidently, the quality of life is improved and risk of falling again is diminished.
Fred – Age: 88
It had been six months since Fred had fallen while getting into his car. He was so shaken by his fall that he remained in a wheelchair and didn’t think he would walk again. His son contacted Physiocare at Home to see if we could help.
At the assessment, we looked at his balance and standing ability. His legs were weak but still had decent strength.
Over the weeks, we worked on strengthening his legs, balance and coordination. We quickly got rid of the wheelchair and he was soon able to walk around in his house without any aids. Eventually, we did outdoor walking to improve overall endurance and stamina. First, he used a walker, then he used a cane. With gradual strengthening, Fred regained independence and was able to go out to dinner with friends and start walking in his neighbourhood.
(Note: This is a composite story based on the many common situations of clients we have worked with over the past several years.)