The goal of physical therapy is to address the management, healing, and prevention of injuries and disabilities. A senior who has difficulty moving around due to pain, loss of range of motion or decreased strength can greatly benefit from physical therapy.

Some of the specific issues physical therapy can address are: diabetic wounds, sprains, cardiac rehab, post-stroke healing, cancer recovery and arthritis.

If you’re wondering whether your loved one would benefit from physical therapy, it’s best to discuss with his or her physician and get a recommendation. If a trip to a clinic is hardship, look into hiring a physical therapist who will come to the home and work with the patient there.

Pain may be a part of getting older, but it’s not a necessary part.