The Long Road Back: Special Rehabilitation Problems of the Elderly – General versus Limited Rehabilitation

By | March 31, 2014

Designing a rehab program for a young basketball player is a very different matter than designing one for Grandpa.

Designing a rehab program for a young basketball player is a very different matter than designing one for Grandpa.

After last week’s Hollywood moment here at Schlesinger Pain Centers, we return to the problems of rehabilitation for the chronic pain patients with special emphasis on the largest segment of those patients, the elderly. People often fail in designing rehabilitation programs for the elderly because they base them on programs used for the young, often for athletes. A young basketball player who suffers an acute lumbar strain in the middle of the season may very well be back for the playoffs because they have a limited injury in an otherwise fit body which they can use to help in the rehab process. The older patient on the other hand suffering from an acute exacerbation of his chronic low back pain probably also has a bad neck, weak knees and an arthritic hip, all of which need to be rehabilitated at the same time.


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