Injury treatment & Pain management
- Physiotherapists treat a variety of chronic conditions using gentle techniques such as massage, joint mobilisation, ultrasound therapy, equipment prescription, stretching and exercise.
- 1 in 3 people over 65 years fall every year
- 10% have multiple falls
- 54% of all hospitalisation in people over 65 are related to falls
- 30% of people require medical attention after a fall
- 10% cause serious injury
- Falls in people over 65 years cost the health system more than road accidents for all Australians put together
- Management of injurious falls in Australia in 2001 was estimated to cost
$ 498.2 million
- Costs will rise by approximately 30% by 2011 and will treble by 2050.
- Falls & resultant fractures significantly affect the quality of life for older adults.
The impact of falls is far reaching. It can effect health - fractures/broken bones, hospitalisation, pain and death. It can lead to loss of mobility and independence. This can result in social isolation, loss of friends/family and start a cycle of de-conditioning. We often see increased levels of anxiety and depression. This leads to loss of function and an actual increase
in falls risk! For some it may mean having to move into Residential Care.
Our physiotherapists are qualified to assess a clients falls risk and implement strategies to reduce the risk. This may include a Home Safety Assessment, pain management treatment and advice, equipment prescription and a home based exercise program. This program can be supervised and monitored weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on your budget.
- We can assist you with the selection of the most appropriate equipment
for your needs. These may include; walking frames, walking sticks, wheelchairs,
power lift chairs, kitchen chairs, hip protectors, commodes, shower chairs,
bath seats, car transfer equipment and TENs machines.
Home safety assessment
- A comprehensive environmental checklist is completed for all new referrals.
Any safety issues around the home will be identified and recommendations
and required follow up actions will be reported. A copy of the checklist will
be sent to the referrer within twenty four hours of the visit.
Manual handling training
- In home training can be provided for both paid and unpaid carers. This can be done in small groups or individually. During the session carers will have their transfer techniques assessed; car, bed, chair, shower and toilet.
The most efficient and ergonomically sound transfer methods will be taught.
All conveniently completed in the clients own home, using their
own personal equipment.
The benefit of completing the training in the client’s home is that any issues
relating to environment or equipment can be problem solved directly with the client.
- Our Physiotherapists can visit your work place to assess your staff’s office or work station. Prescription and fitting of the correct office chair, desk layout and education on the most energy efficient ways to complete office work can be conducted for your staff. A simple seated exercise program can be prescribed to strengthen muscles and reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries. Education and advice is consistent with the current Work Safe guidelines.
Physioforlife are proud members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association