Geriatric rehabilitation also have a role in intermediate care, where patients are referred by a hospital or family doctor, when there is a requirement to provide hospital based short term intensive physical therapy aimed at the recovery of musculoskeletal function, particularly recovery from joint, tendon, or ligament.
Physiotherapists play a key role in enabling older people to use a number of the body’s systems fully to enhance mobility and independence. Sadly, in some situations, neither improvements nor even maintenance of functional mobility can’t be achieved. In those particular cases, physiotherapists can make a difference by helping older people to be comfortable and pain free.
Geriatric physiotherapy became a specialty of physical therapy study in 1989. Since then, physiotherapists have worked to understand the problems of the ageing. There is a vast list of issues dealt with in geriatric physiotherapy.