Physical Therapy for General Weakness
Overall body weakness can result in loss of strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. It can also result in an inability to perform normal activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning, or self-care. While more common in the elderly population, this can also occur in younger people after trauma, disease, and prolonged bed rest or due to chronic pain.
Symptoms of General Weakness
There is an increased risk of general weakness and deconditioning in people over the age of 80 as they may limit their physical activity due to:
- Medication-related side effects
- Lack of understanding of the importance of physical activity
How We Treat
A physical therapist will complete a comprehensive evaluation and create a customized program to address your needs. Treatment may include:
- Aerobic exercise
- Flexibility exercises
- Modalities to reduce pain
- Endurance exercises
- Balance exercises
- Education for safe physical activity and home modifications
*Services are not available at all locations. Call or click the location page near you for that center’s services.
What to Expect
Every patient has a unique health history, diagnosis and personal goals. When you come for your first appointment, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you.
We work with most major insurance providers and do our best to help keep the paperwork pain-free. If you’d like to confirm your insurance coverage, please let us know and we can verify when you schedule. If your insurance provider requires a co-pay, we will ask for this payment at each visit. We accept payments by cash, check or credit card.
When to Arrive
On average, a patient’s first visit lasts about an hour. We typically ask patients to arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in, complete paperwork and/or change clothes.
What to Bring
On your first visit, you’ll need to bring your physician referral or prescription (if needed), your insurance card, your primary registration forms, your ID or driver’s license and your co-payment (as applicable). If desired, you may bring a change of clothing.
How it Works
During your first visit, your physical therapist will do an initial evaluation and discuss your plan of care. The therapist uses this information to set goals for your continued treatment. Physical therapy goals may include improved movement, strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as decreased pain. Your subsequent visits will focus on treatment that is based on your diagnosis and individualized goals.