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General Physical Therapy Applications for Elderly People

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Author(s): Rezzan Günaydın

Journal: Türkiye Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Dergisi
ISSN 1302-0234

Volume: 55;
Issue: Suppl 2;
Start page: 85;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Elderly | physical therapy

ABSTRACT
Physical agents are modalities that are used to produce a therapeutic response in tissues. The most common modalities used in clinical practice are heat, cryotherapy, and electrotherapy. Pharmacologic treatment of the pain and dysfunciton has some disadvantages particularly in the elderly. For this reason, nonpharmacologic approaches, including physical therapy modalities, should also take part in the treatment protocol of geriatric patients. The purpose of this review is to discuss the evidence related with the use of physical agents in older people and to provide suggestions for application of these modalities in older adults. Turk J Phys Med Rehab 2009; 55 Suppl 2: 85-7.
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